Stonington will not submit rezoning plan on behalf of Mystic property owners

Mystic — The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission this week rejected a request by a group of Broadway Avenue Extension and Edgemont Street property owners who asked the commission to submit an application to rezone their land from manufacturing to commercial use.

The commission said the property owners could submit their own application.

While the commission has submitted proposals to rezone areas of town for expanded commercial use in the recent past, it typically has been done for large areas, such as downtown Pawcatuck or the Mechanic Street mills, and not a handful of properties. To submit their own application, the property owners would have to pay an application fee and possibly hire an attorney to appear before the commission, although one is not required.

Kris Simonds, James Stanton, Ross Terwilliger and Dennis Terwilliger asked the commission to rezone small parcels at 4 and 12 Broadway Ave. Ext. and 14 Edgemont St. (two parcels), that total 2.1 acres from M1 (manufacturing) to LS-5 (local shopping). Doing so would allow a much expanded list of uses on the properties.

In a letter to the commission, the owners said the rezoning would align their parcels with uses in their neighborhood and in downtown Mystic.

“The LS-5 zone is the most prevalent business zone thru out downtown Mystic. Our lots are undersized and have never been able to meet the M-1 zone requirements,” they wrote.

“We property owners make this request so we may continue to invest and make improvements to our properties as well as expand jobs in the downtown and the Town of Stonington tax base,” they wrote.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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