Planning & Zoning
Temporary Outdoor Dining Certificate
The state has issued two documents governing the Reopen CT process. The first is a set of rules to be followed by each of the business sectors opening this week (restaurants, retail, and museums/zoos). The second document is an Executive Order from the Governor which addresses zoning and outdoor commerce.
The governor extended the Outdoor Dining Season to April 20, 2021. Heaters are only allowed per the Fire Marshall and Building Departments approval. Indoor occupancy is based on what phase of re-opening the state is currently in.
Fundamentally, the executive order expands opportunities for outdoor commerce while streamlining the approval process. Planning and Zoning finds this approach essential to our economic recovery and supports it wholeheartedly. You are permitted 50% of your indoor seating capacity outside on your property wherever you can fit them and still comply with the attached DECD guidelines. This will need to be spelled out in your application to me as described in the attached application. If you can’t do it on private property there is also an option to use town property. In this instance you have to go through other departments before you submit the application to me. The required insurance for that option is here.
If you have a permit from the State of CT to serve alcohol within your existing outdoor dining area with no modifications proposed, you may serve liquor. If you are asking for an extended, or a new outdoor dining facility, your existing liquor permit will extend to any additional outdoor dining facilities the Town approves. If you do not have a current liquor license, please check with the Liquor Control Commission to see if a temporary permit may be obtained. You may also allow BYOB in this case. Outdoor bars are not permitted, and alcohol may only be served ancillary to a primary food service. Pursuant to Executive Order 7MM, Hours of Operation are limited to 11:00 PM everyday. This requirement supersedes any later hours that might otherwise be permitted.
Attached you will find the application form for Temporary Outdoor Dining. Please note the following in regards to Outdoor Dining and Music: Piped music until 9pm on the weekdays and 11pm on weekends with no live amplified outside music permitted. Acoustic live music is fine – but only on weekends until 9. At all times, however, the site must comply with Chapter 6B. Noise: (https://library.municode.com/ct/greenwich/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH6B.NO)
If you choose to follow your zoning approval for outdoor dining with the necessary reductions in seats in order to meet the DECD guidelines, as opposed to deciding to amend it or create new outdoor dining under the Executive Order, you do not have to submit the attached application but rather go through Shanice Becker, Planner I to obtain your annual renewal (Shanice.Becker@greenwichct.org). Please do not hesitate to e-mail me with any questions.
Katie DeLuca, AICP
Director of Planning and Zoning
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:
Dear Planning and Zoning Customers,
Planning and Zoning (P&Z) staff is diligently working to ensure we keep business running as smoothly as we can during the pandemic so that you also can keep things moving. To that end, please note the following:
Building Permit Questions: If you have questions regarding a building permit, please contact the Building Department directly with these questions for the fastest response.
Planning and Zoning Meetings: The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding virtual meetings via Zoom until further notice. Our upcoming meetings will follow the 2021 meeting schedule. To learn more about the Virtual P&Z Commission Meetings, go here. Applications are still being accepted. See below, "Application submissions".
Counter hours: Starting October 13, Town Hall is open to the public from 8AM to 1PM weekdays. A "virtual" counter continues to be available from 8AM to 4PM daily, which are extended hours. Initial contact with staff may be established via email using this link. Select "Planning and Zoning" under the "select a category" tab to reach us. From there, you can work with staff to show them plans, setup phone calls, etc. Staff will gladly work with you to answer any other questions regarding a property and will generally be able to email you documentation, aerial screenshots, etc.
Application submissions: Applications are still being accepted for all application types. To submit an Architectural Review Committee (ARC) application, please e-mail Marisa Anastasio, Senior Planner at Marisa.Anastasio@greenwichct.org.
To submit any other application type, please contact Peter Mangs, Applications Coordinator at email@example.com. Applications, checklists, and other information can be found on this website.
Although we are accepting digital submissions, you will be required to send in a paper copy of your application with a check to the following address. The mail will be retrieved once a week. You can expect your check to be cashed shortly thereafter.
Town Hall, Planning and Zoning Department
101 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
Application timelines: The following is a general summary of the orders pertaining to land use that are set forth in Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7l, which supplement previous orders regarding suspension of in-person meeting requirements. See Executive Order No. 7B. For more details, please reference the provisions of the Order itself.
- Deadlines that may pass or expire during the public health crisis declared by Governor Lamont on March 10, 2020 may be extended by 90 days. This applies to: a) the commencement or completion of a public hearing; b) the rendering of any board or commission decision required to made within a particular time period; and c) the submission or reporting to any State agency or quasi-public agency. This 90-day extension is in addition to the extensions already allowed by statute. For example, a decision that has a 65-day total extension period now has a 155-day total extension period.
Lastly: We are open to suggestions on how to improve this system to better serve our applicant’s and the public. Please freely connect with us and share your thoughts.
Katie DeLuca, Director
The Planning and Zoning Department is lead by Katie DeLuca, Director of Planning & Zoning / Zoning Enforcement Coordinator / Town Planner. The Planning and Zoning Department has 13 members:
- Applications Coordinator
- Assistant to Planning and Zoning Director
- Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning / Assistant Town Planner
- Director of Planning and Zoning / Zoning Enforcement Coordinator / Town Planner
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning Analyst
- Housing Specialist
- Planner I
- Senior Planner
- Two (2) Part-Time Administrative Staff Assistant II
- Two (2) Planner II
- see also Zoning Enforcement
Planning & Zoning Commission
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