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Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals rejects Dorothy Day variance requests

The Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals has voted to deny exceptions for Dorothy Day Hospitality House so that it can continue to operate on Spring Street.  A Hartford Judge asked that the City and Dorothy Day come to an agreement so he wouldn't have to issue a ruling, but last night's action puts the matter back into the court's hands.  Dorothy Day was looking for variances to driveway width, parking lot size and setbacks among others, because their more-than century old building does not comply with zoning regulations, updated over the decades.  The homeless shelter operator needed the variances in order to apply for a special exception before the Planning Commission.  Danbury officials discovered in 2016 that Dorothy Day never renewed their permit and has been operating without one for about 30 years.