Old Lyme's proposed blight ordinance to get another review

Old Lyme — First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said Monday that she plans to share residents' comments on the proposed blight ordinance with the town's attorney, as well as discuss potential changes to the language of the ordinance with him.

The Board of Selectmen crafted the ordinance in consultation with the zoning enforcement officer, fire marshal, sanitarian and building official. The selectmen posted a copy of the proposed blight ordinance on the town website and held a public information session on it last month.

Reemsnyder said at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting that she has received a lot of feedback on the ordinance and continued to receive comments after the information session. Some people are concerned that the ordinance would infringe on people who are not interested in having a neat and tidy yard at all times and that their properties would be considered blighted under the ordinance.

Once the town attorney reviews the ordinance, the board then likely would discuss suggested changes and bring the proposed ordinance back to the public with one or two more public presentations, Reemsnyder said.

Residents would have to vote to approve the ordinance at a town meeting for it to go into effect.



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