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HEARING SET ON ZONING CHANGES

The Town of Pomfret Board will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. April 8 on proposed changes to the conservation district section of the zoning ordinance.

A new section will prohibit structures within 550 feet of the high water mark of the Fredonia Village reservoir, which is in the conservation district.

Another section is amended to require permits for topsoil removal; outdoor storage of a recreational vehicle; temporary dwelling units; junk cars or vehicles on private property; trash on private property; fences or walls; gasoline or volatile fuel tanks; and junk farm vehicles. No permit is presently required for these uses.

A moratorium was placed on building permits in the district and the Planning Board was asked to review the ordinance after a court case last year.

Nicholas Geiben and Lyndel Lesch challenged a Zoning Board of Appeals decision setting conditions for constructing a house in the conservation district. State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Gerace upheld the Zoning Board.

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