Connecticut town sticking by swingset zoning rules

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 10:32 AM
Connecticut town sticking by swingset zoning rules

The children of Westport, Conn., can keep swinging but only as long as their play sets aren't too close to their neighbors' property.

The town's zoning board has rejected a proposal to ease rules that require swingsets to sit at least 50 feet away from property lines. The rules apply the same standards to swingsets as to sheds and other structures.

Board commissioners say they consider the rule appropriate, and worry that eliminating it could create noise, privacy problems and aesthetic concerns.

Some homeowners say hills and wetlands sometimes limit where they can put swingsets and the restriction is too draconian. The rule change was proposed by an attorney for a homeowner who is appealing the restriction in court after he was ordered to move or dismantle his daughter's swingset.