Tuesday, April 23, 2024


P&Z Commission Changes Meeting Format

Beginning in February, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will begin its meetings at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.

“A majority of commission members felt that the earlier start time would be beneficial given the amount of information that is presented at each meeting,” said Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley. “It would also allow the commission, the public, applicants and staff to leave the meetings at a reasonable hour.”

The change would apply to all public hearings and work sessions, he said.

The new structure will allow new items on the agenda to be opened prior to 10 p.m. and provide that the meetings end by 11 p.m., according to Bradley.

Another change in the commission meeting schedule is that it will now have two public hearings and two work sessions each month.

The first and third Thursdays will be public hearings and the second and fourth Thursdays will be work sessions.

The additional work session will give the commission more time to focus on planning issues, especially the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development due by the end of 2007, Bradley said.

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