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Madison Residents Concerned About Newly Created District and Development

Some residents believe that the Madison Beach Hotel will expand again.

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Some Madison residents are worried that the Madison Beach Hotel will soon plan another expansion into their neighborhood, and Planning and Zoning commissioners didn’t ease those fears when they adopted a new West Wharf District proposed by the hotel, the New Haven Register reports. 

Previously, the Madison Beach Hotel had to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals for variances on their projects, but now they can just go to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Register reports. 

Some residents are concerned that this means it will be easier for the hotel to expand, and they presented a 60-signature petition against the new district, reporter Sean Carlin reports. 

Read Sean’s full New Haven Register story here. 

What do you think of the newly created district? Are you worried the Madison Beach Hotel is planning to expand again?

Gus R. Horvath June 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM
A 60 person petition is not impressive when there are 13,000+ voters. Again, apathy reigns. Plus very few understand what this change means. It does not make it any easier to go to P&Z than to ZBA.
Jim Burris June 22, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Gus, while apathy is an issue I can tell you that in this case the issue is with communication. I am a neighbor, who would have signed the petition, and this is the first I am hearing about it. I understand your position but, to be clear, it is a far easier job to make a residential property, in a mixed zone district, a commercial property, than it is to make a residential property, in a residential district, commercial, period!
Elizabeth Page June 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
The current owners of the Madison Beach Hotel went to the trouble of obtaining new zoning for a reason - they want it to be easier to do whatever they want with the hotel and the homes they've purchased surrounding the hotel. They plan to expand - or to sell to someone who plans to expand. Does the community want the hotel to expand? No. Unfortunately Madison doesn't protect the rights of homeowners who want to preserve the character of their community. They only protect the rights of those who wish to make changes. The only way to stop the encroachment is to hire lawyers and environmental experts and outspend them. This will require someone with deep pockets to come forward to fund and spearhead an organized action by the community. Will this happen? Stay tuned...

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