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Special Permit approved for crematory in Clarke Business Park

The Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a Special Permit for a crematory to be located in Clarke Business Park. The decision was reached as a result of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling in favor of Shawn McLoughlin over the Commission's previous denial.  Attorneys for the company argued that a land use commission has no authority to deny a special permit based on generalized concerns associated with the stigma of a particular use, rather than site specific zoning concerns such as traffic, parking, and loss of property values.  Monocrete Step's site plan was approved for 12 Trowbridge Drive.  The motion passed with 6 in favor, one opposed and one abstention.  The Supreme Court opinion, written by Chief Justice Richard Robinson, concluded that the denial was based only on general facts regarding crematory operations not specific to the proposed site, development decisions motivated by general objections to the proposed facility, and evidence not pertinent to the required considerations.    

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