Local Bar and Restaurant Seeks to Amend P&Z Permit

The Planning & Zoning Commission is set to weigh an application from a popular bar and restaurant downtown to amend its special permit. The White Buffalo, a cozy pub located down an alley on Elm Street next to Barvida, is seeking permission to use a courtyard outside its doors for dining and entertainment, according to a written request submitted on behalf of the eatery by one of its co-owners. “We have strived to provide a casual dining atmosphere in line with new Canaanites’ expectations and preferences,” Dave Tonkovich said in his request, received July 13 by P&Z. 

“The use of the courtyard outside of the White Buffalo has allowed us to provide a family-friendly environment for New Canaanites to dine alfresco,” he said. “The tables in the courtyard have been put up and taken down every day and there has not been any new structures added to the courtyard that are permanent. The courtyard is private property (owned by Fiona Sigg).

Selectmen Appoint New Town Planner

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved an appointment to one of New Canaan’s most nuanced and closely watched positions. Sarah Carey, promoted earlier this year to assistant town planner, will assume the job of town planner and senior enforcement officer following a 2-0 vote by the Board. “She has done an amazing job as our assistant town planner,” the town’s human resources director, Cheryl Pickering Jones, said at the selectmen’s meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “She has cleaned up permits, works well with residents, staff, commissioners,” Pickering Jones said. “[Planning & Zoning Commission Chair] Dan Radman is fully on board with us putting her into a permanent position.

Parish Road Homeowners Seek Permission for Home Modifications, Addition of 3-Car Garage

The owners of a property on the corner of Parish Road and Parish Lane are seeking permission from the town to build a new three-car garage on their 1.13-acre property. Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations, the total allowable building lot at 11 Parish Lane is 3,717 square feet. The addition of the attached garage, planned together with modifications to an existing 3,374-square-foot home, requires a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. “My client has been living at this home since 2016 and love the home and the neighborhood,” architect Dan Radman of New Canaan-based RADMAN Architects wrote on behalf of the homeowners in a Feb. 14 Statement of Hardship to the town. 

“But their family is growing, with 2 young boys and a 3rd on the way,” he continued.