Derby P&Z to hear more on
DERBY-A public hearing on a controversial zone change which could lead to expansion for The Hops Co. beer garden on Sodom Lane will continue tonight in city hall.
Planners are expected to hear more from angry neighbors as well as the Dominick Thomas, the lawyer for The Hops Co. when they resume their hearing at 7 p.m. in the aldermanic meeting room. The commission may act on the zone change which would create a Derby Development District.
The DDD would be similar to a planned development district which neighboring Shelton uses and gives their Planning and Zoning commission control of what goes into a project.
Although the Hops Co. has submitted no application for site plan improvements, it has expressed interest in expanding a building, demolishing smaller buildings on the property and create upper and lower parking lots.
The property is zoned residential with pre-existing non-conforming use.
The Hops Co. is located on five acres of land which formerly housed the Grassy Hill Lodge, which hosted weddings and parties.
Neighbors have expressed concern with customers parking on residential streets and increased traffic expected to occur when the Big Y supermarket in the former Walmart site opens. Several have hired Charles Willingers, a Bridgeport-based land use lawyer to represent them.