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Madison Residents Sue Over Madison Beach Hotel Decision

Residents fear the new district makes it easier for the hotel to expand.

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Residents living near the Madison Beach Hotel are so convinced that the Planning and Zoning’s creation of the West Wharf District will make it easier for the hotel to expand that they have filed a legal appeal of the town’s decision, the New Haven Register reports.

The appeal was filed Monday in Superior Court, New Haven. Currently, the hotel is in a residential zone, and it has to get variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals whenever it wants to undertake a project, the Register’s Sean Carlin reports.

According to the new district, the Planning and Zoning Commission would have jurisdiction over the hotel.

However, residents said they fear further expansion and that property values will nose dive. They also expressed traffic and noise concerns too.

Read the New Haven Register’s full story here.
Michael LeCompte July 11, 2014 at 07:30 AM
This situation is another result in failed central planning by the people calling themselves the town of Madison. The strict zoning has caused economic disruptions that ends up creating conflict like this. Zoning is nothing more than economic fascism over people's private property rights. The hotel is in a very small tight piece of land. The hotel could buy out some neighbors to increase space but a another slew of government permission slips would be needed. If music is too loud and is enough of a disruption on the neighbors use of their property, that would compromise a tort although I doubt it. West Wharf is a dumpy piece of town property that would be better managed under private ownership. Perhaps the hotel would be better own owning the pier and the abutting land.
Cathy Marsh July 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM
"Dumpy piece of town property". Guess you did not grow up sailing a Sunfish sailboat there. And suppose you have never dug for oysters via the a Shellfish Committee and made Oysters Rockefeller with them. Or sat on the wall and looked up into the sky to watch fireworks. Or learned to swim there. And bet your Mom never taught you to catch Snapper Blues off the wharf. Or have you ever dragged for bait with a fishing net and putting your catch in pails. Or brought your college sweetheart to walk on the rocks and had a beer in the old Crows-nest. Maybe you have never photographed a sunset from that spot. Or had family stay in the old Hotel where they never fell asleep cause a band played into the night. And have you ever looked towards Tuxis Island in winter to check to see if the Christmas Tree was still lit up? I do not know how old you are or where you came from. Clearly you do not value out town's assets. Preservation of our beach front is important to our town's future. I am not crazy about the new MBH. I expect that it will expand so it will become of a size that will attract a new corporate owner and make someone big bucks.
Sheila C. July 12, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Bravo, Cathy! As a former resident of Madison for 32 years, as much as I appreciate the need for visitors to stay when they visit, I hate to see the beautiful waterfront being taken over by big hotels.
Gus R. Horvath July 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM
It was a "dumpy " area several years ago but is being greatly enhanced through the financial commitment of a private developer. Would you rather it was done with taxpayer money as at the "non-usable " brownfield site at the Griswold Airport property?

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