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It's unclear if the Danbury Zoning Commission will be swayed by recent action taken at the state level to open up more off-track betting licenses when they reconsider a proposal by Sportech Venues.  The company holds exclusive licensing rights in the state and is looking to put an OTB facility on the 2nd floor of Two Steps. 

 

The Danbury Zoning Commission approved a text amendment allowing off-track betting as an accessory use in a restaurant.  The approval was not site specific. 

 

Another downtown business owner filed a lawsuit seeking to appeal the decision alleging noncompliance with notification requirements.  The Zoning Commission will likely hear the application again.  Sportech Venues doesn't agree with the allegation in the complaint, but intends to go back to the Zoning Commission to put the issue to rest.

 

Concerns were raised during the public hearing about the possibility that the state could change regulations about off-track betting at any given time, or expand it.  Currently, Sportech is allowed 18 licenses, Danbury would be the 17th location.  But the House approved a bill Tuesday allowing Sportech to have eight more off-track betting licenses, for a total of 24 possible locations throughout the state.

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