Stamford reps vote to lower proposed fees for sidewalk cafes

Amid a growing cry of protest, city legislators have revised a preliminary plan to increase a permit fee for sidewalk cafes. On Tuesday night, the Board of Reps’ legislative and rules committee voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that would charge restaurant owners by the square foot for using city sidewalks. The amount would […] [Read More]

Downtown group opposes plan to increase sidewalk cafe fees

The Downtown Special Services District has come out against a proposed fee hike for restaurant owners that use sidewalk space for additional seating. The draft ordinance, which was introduced earlier this year, calls for charging a $200 application fee as well as $3 per square feet of sidewalk used. Currently, restaurants pay only a $100 application […] [Read More]

Stamford set to change rules on demolition

The rules for demolishing buildings in Stamford are set to get tougher. The city’s legal department, with input from the Historic Preservation Advisory Council and city representatives, is working on revising Stamford’s ordinances governing demolition. These include rules on the permitting process and noticing procedures. Among the proposed changes is an increased public signage period […] [Read More]

Fee hike proposed for outdoor restaurant seating in Stamford

City restaurants who offer sidewalk seating may be in store for a fee hike come this spring. The city is seeking to increase the application fee for outdoor seating from $100 to $200 as well as charge $3 per square feet of sidewalk used. The proposed change, which resulted from a review by the city’s […] [Read More]

Poll: Do you think the city should increase taxes on home sales?

The Stamford Board of Representatives is currently considering a plan to raise taxes on home sales over $1 million. Under the plan, home sellers would pay the current rate of 0.35 percent on all proceeds up to $1 million and 0.5 percent for all revenue over that sum. The plan has been opposed by Realtors […] [Read More]

Stamford transportation committee to discuss Complete Streets law for Stamford

The transportation committee of the Board of Representatives will discuss publishing a Complete Streets ordinance for Stamford at their regular meeting Monday night. [Read More]

Waterside has new city representative

STAMFORD — The Board of Representatives voted Monday night to approve the appointment of Virgil de la Cruz to represent Waterside’s District 2 neighborhood. De la Cruz sits on the Waterside Coalition’s Board of Directors and the Democratic City Committee. He replaced former District 2 city Rep. Ben Velishka, who resigned in June to spend […] [Read More]

Poll: Was Stamford right to OK off-track betting?

Bobby Valentine’s application to open off-track betting venue in Stamford hurtled through the Board of Representatives this week – probably one of the faster approvals of such a controversial matter before the board in recent memory. City representatives did impose a few conditions on the deal, however, including earlier closing times, and a requirement that […] [Read More]

Board of Reps to take final vote on OTB authorization

Bobby Valentine holds a mock-up of Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, which would include off-track-betting. STAMFORD — The Board of Representatives will vote tonight on whether to authorize off-track-betting at Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, which would open at the Atlantic Street building that formerly housed Rack ‘N Roll. Monday’s meeting is open […] [Read More]

Board of Reps meeting delay angers public spectators

  STAMFORD — Last night’s Board of Representatives special budget meeting was scheduled for 8 p.m., but by 9 p.m. the 40 city representatives’ desks on the fourth floor of the Government Center remained empty. More than a dozen residents had showed up to observe the proceedings, and several grumbled about the long delay. “We […] [Read More]