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Deed restriction question near Danbury Airport in holding pattern

An issue related to Danbury Airport that's been before the Danbury City Council for several months will be going back a committee for further study.  DXR Holdings wants a 1948 deed restriction removed so they can put a restaurant on private property adjacent to the airport. 


Among the concerns is the City's ability to secure future federal funding if the land use is changed. 


Council President Joe Cavo says some new information has come to light about the issue.  Though he did not disclose what that information was, he says that should be discussed. 


The Federal Aviation Administration has said restaurants and catering are not aviation-related uses, but that should not change the city's ability to secure future grants.  The FAA would not put that opinion in writing though. 


The agency said it would not weigh in until after the deed is changed.


Zoning Enforcement Officer Sean Hearty said a Fixed Based Operator that is an Airport Terminal could sell food as an accessory if it's not more than 25-percent of the total space.  The applicant said the restaurant would create 50 jobs and called the deed restriction antiquated.  The applicant said the 25-percent rule would work for his business.

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