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P&Z Changes Permit and Zoning Application Hours

Beginning July 1, Westport’s Planning & Zoning Department will offer both walk-in permit hours and zoning permit appointments.

The change from only walk-in hours was announced today by Laurence Bradley, director, who said with an increase in building activity, sometimes applicants have to wait for more than an hour to see a zoning official to obtain a permit

He said the new system should cut down wait times during walk in hours and give those with more complex projects more time with the zoning staff to review their projects.  “We see it as a win-win for all concerned,” Bradley said.

Walk-ins will be permitted on Wednesdays between 9 - 11:30 a.m., he said, and projects eligible for review or to receive zoning permits include: accessory structure – residential; deck; driveway foundation as-builts reviews; general questions; generator or AC unit sign off; home occupation; interior renovation – commercial; outdoor eating area –renewal; pool/spa; signs, and tennis court/sports court.

Medical Examiner: Reinhart Committed Suicide Image
Art Reinhart: died of overdose of prescription drugs.. Contributed photo
Westport real estate agent Arthur Dean Reinhart committed suicide by ingesting an intentional overdose of prescription drugs, a New Hampshire medical examiner has ruled.

The ruling followed an autopsy and toxicology tests on Reinhart, 50, who was found April 22 in a wooded area near a cemetery near Portsmouth, N.H. (See WestportNow April 22, 2011)

Portsmouth Deputy Police Chief Stephen DuBois announced the findings on Monday, reported.

Reinhart was last seen by family members on March 22 in Lexington, N.C. He reportedly left North Carolina to return to his Connecticut home, then was not seen until 11 days later when he was photographed at a New Hampshire automatic teller machine.

Coastal Flood Advisory in Effect

A coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area remains in effect from 11 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

It said tidal departures will be 1 to 1.5 feet above normal.

A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

High tide in Westport is at 11:43 p.m.

WN on the Scene in Greece

WestportNow Associate Editor Dave Matlow was on the scene in Athens today as tens of thousands of protesters crossed police lines as Greece’s parliament prepared to vote on new austerity measures to avoid what could be a devastating default. They are angry about what they perceive as a future riddled with debt and high unemployment. Matlow was inside a hotel on Athens’ central Syntagma (Constitution) Square as police used tear gas against the protesters who want to stop an austerity package of $40 billion in cuts whose approval is required for the next installment of last year’s $160 billion bailout. Dave Matlow for

RTM Sustains Senior Housing Amendment

By James Lomuscio

In a special meeting Tuesday night through early today, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted 25 to 4 not to overturn a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) text amendment that would allow the construction of senior housing and a health care facility on the town-owned Baron’s South property.

“Let’s be bold and let’s be hopeful,” said RTM member Michael Rea prior to the vote.

Rea, for one, said he had personal reasons for supporting text amendment 625 since his late parents and father-in-law had to go out of town for health care services at the end of their lives.

A two-thirds vote, or 24 votes, had been needed to overturn amendment 625.

RTM Votes Not to Overturn P&Z on Baron’s South

After about four and a half hours of debate, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted early today 25 to 4 not to overturn a Planning and Zoning text amendment that clears the way for soliciting proposals to build senior housing and a health care facility on Baron’s South.

Petitioners needed 24 votes to reverse the P&Z approval.

The four votes to overturn were by Sean Timmins, Judy Starr, Joyce Coburn, and Amy Ancel.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
Noon – Westport Public Library – Indigo: a Precious Dye with an Ancient Heritage
12:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Solos Lunchtime Artist Talks
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Circle”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Westport Public Library Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Special Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar