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Danbury Zoners opt to leave package store distance regulations unchanged

The Danbury Zoning Commission has denied an application seeking to reduce the distance required between liquor stores.  The current regulation is that there be 2,000 feet between establishments.  A Division Street property owner asked that it be reduced to 1,000 feet as their location was 1,300 feet from an existing store.  The City's Planning Director said in a report to the Commission that maintaining the current distance requirement will continue to help ensure neighborhoods remain protected against an undue concentration of package stores.  Nearly two decades ago Stew Leonard's wanted a store near its Federal Road supermarket, there was a lawsuit and the court upheld Danbury's regulations.  Attorney Neil Marcus noted that the 2,000 foot distance was put in effect in the mid-1900s after Prohibition and a proliferation of bars and liquor stores on White Street. 

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