Bethel Water Tower Denied By Danbury Planning Commission

First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker has his say on the water tower situation.

Tonight's decision by the Danbury Planning Commission to deny Bethel the ability to build a water tank on property owned by Bethel for more than half a century was short-sighted and unfair.

The commission ignored the extraordinary efforts undertaken by the town to fully address the concerns of the neighboring residents.  

It ignored the fact that Bethel has been a good neighbor in allowing Danbury to locate their water storage within the town limits of Bethel.

It overruled the written testimony in support of Bethel's project by many of Danbury's residents including Danbury's fire marshall.

It ignored the fact that Bethel had included in the plan a new fire hydrant that would improve the safety for Danbury neighbors.  

It allowed six opposed residents to deny the entire downtown section of Bethel the water it desperately needs.  

Bethel will review the decision and consider future options.

Matthew Knickerbocker


Bethel First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker's monthly Brown Bag lunch will be rescheduled to Friday, September 28th from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Ken Darrah September 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Can someone educate me a little? If the tanks meets all codes and reqs, why is it up to anyones decision anyway? If I want an asphalt driveway and follow codes, no matter what my neighbors think , I get my driveway. Why is this different? Bethel owns the land and has the right to use it. No? It seems that the town has gone above and beyond trying to pacify the locals to no avail.
Adam Rushka September 20, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Tell Danbury they cant use our property for thier water storage anymore then. We need it for ourselves.
Paul Improta September 20, 2012 at 03:17 PM
How about we propose to build an Affordable Housing Development on the property and jam it down Danbury Planning Commission's throat? How about that, Arnie? If Danbury doesn't meet their required minimum percentage of "affordable housing", there isn't anything they could doy to avoid Bethel building an Affordable Housing Development on this land. The state statute supersedes the local P&Z authority.
Karl September 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
We have a unique opportunity to make things better. there are a few needs in our area: 1. Bethel's parks are getting crowded. We could designate an area of the field for parking (on the grass, no need to pave it) and put up a sign designating the park for Bethel Residents only, and that the park closes at dusk. Of course, it would be up to the Danbury PD to enforce those rules. 2. Connecticut may need a halfway house for non-violent criminals, like drug offenders, prostitutes, burglars and car thieves. Since these people may have trouble finding housing, add transitional housing for them to rent. This could be affordable housing. 3. There may be a need for a halfway house and affordable housing for violent criminals like murderers and sex offenders from all over Connecticut. That area is far enough from Bethel that we shouldn't have to worry about crime if such a facility is built there.
Eric T Gray September 20, 2012 at 08:35 PM
What about all that land we just bought off of 302? I think Knickers should just realize this isn't happening and stop wasting his time (our tax dollars) discussing... lets look at alternatives... I think its funny Knickers says the decision was short sighted and unfair... I feel the same way about the continued tax increases in our town
Karl September 20, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The water storage tank is for the high pressure side of the system and should be located at the highest point possible so gravity can help (that is, we don't have to maintain as high a pressure inside the tank as we would if it were situated in one of the less elevated parts of town.).
Tubeworm September 20, 2012 at 09:05 PM
This is one reason why Bethel and Danbury should be jointed... too many problems with water, sewer pipes, utilities, roads, ect. Enough of the bickering and get the damn water tank built. The engineers know a hell of a lot more about city water networks than then the cranky neighbors crying about it.
PJ September 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Bill Hillman September 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
cell phone tower forest, transfer station, or affordable housing... I wonder if there's some state statute that can override local for water pressure and safety


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