Another contentious public hearing was held in Danbury about a zone change to allow for off track betting. The Zoning Commission is considering whether an OTB facility can be an accessory use in a restaurant. Sportech Venues has exclusive licensing rights in Connecticut and wants to move into the second floor of Two Steps on Ives Street.
Attorney Bill Sweeny argued that this is a text amendment, not a spot zoning move.
Chairman Rob Melillo admonished the crowd for talking while a speaker was at the podium. He reminded them that this was a public hearing and not an exhibition. Melillo also cautioned that he would clear the room, have people line up outside, and call them in one by one to express comments.
Councilman Paul Rotello expressed concerns that there was no cut out for placing OTB in a restaurant near a school, day care or playground.
The public hearing was closed, but no vote was held Tuesday night.