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Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals

Appellate Session of the Superior Court
May 21, 1976
363 A.2d 1119 (Conn. App. Ct. 1976)

Summary

abutting land owner permitted to intervene as party defendant to appeal regarding cease and desist order barring grooming and boarding of dogs on neighboring property

Summary of this case from One Hundred Nine v. New Milford Pl.

Opinion

File No. 242

Argued March 9, 1976 —

Decided May 21, 1976

Appeal from the decision of the zoning board of appeals, brought to the Court' of Common Pleas in Fairfield County, where a motion to intervene and a motion to be made a party defendant filed by Walter E. Donaghy were denied by the court, Levine, J.; from that decision Walter E. Donaghy appealed. Error; further proceedings.

Walter E. Donaghy, pro se, the appellant.

Richard Cohen, for the appellee (plaintiff).

J. Peter LaChance, for the named defendant.


On June 9, 1975, the zoning inspector of the town of Weston issued a cease and desist order that Margaret N. Bucky, the plaintiff, cease the grooming and boarding of dogs at her premises on Ten O'Clock Lane in Weston. That order was appealed to the Zoning board of appeals by the plaintiff who also applied for a special permit under 343 of the zoning regulations to permit the grooming of dogs and the teaching of grooming and care of pets as a home occupation. The zoning board of appeals denied the appeal from the cease and desist order and the application for a special permit. The plaintiff then appealed to the Court of Common Pleas, where Walter E. Donaghy filed a motion to intervene and a motion to be made a party defendant, which motions were denied by the court.

In his motion Donaghy represents, without contradiction, that he is a resident and co-owner with his wife of the premises known as No. 24 Ten O'Clock Lane in Weston, which premises abut the plaintiff's kennel and residence. Donaghy claims that he will be adversely affected if the decision of the zoning board of appeals is reversed in that his property will be substantially reduced in value, increased traffic and congestion will result, and the residential character of the area will change. Donaghy has a special interest as an abutting owner which will be directly affected by the matter under determination.

For a number of years, the courts of Connecticut have been liberal in permitting abutting owners of real property to be made parties in zoning matters. Section 8-8 of the General Statutes permits abutting owners to appeal from any adverse decision of zoning boards of appeal. Donaghy would have been able to appeal if the board had acted favorably upon the plaintiff's application. He would not be able to seek review of a decision of the Court of Common Pleas reversing the action of the board, however, unless he were permitted to intervene in this action.

Section 52-102 of the General Statutes permits any person who claims an interest in the controversy adverse to the plaintiff to be made a defendant. Section 52-107 of the General Statutes directs that a person who has an interest which the judgment will affect should be made a party to the action. See Practice Book 61. In Greenwich Gas Co. v. Tuthill, 113 Conn. 684, 695, our Supreme Court permitted the intervention as parties defendant of persons asserting a special interest in the matter under determination. "Intervention may be claimed as a right when the intervenor `will either gain or lose by the direct legal operation and effect of the judgment.'" DeFelice v. Federal Grain Corporation, 12 Conn. Sup. 199, 201, citing W. H. Glover Co. v. Smith, 126 Me. 397.

We conclude that the interest of Walter E. Donaghy as an abutting owner under the circumstances of this case is sufficient so that he should be permitted to intervene in this action.


Summaries of

Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals

Appellate Session of the Superior Court
May 21, 1976
363 A.2d 1119 (Conn. App. Ct. 1976)

abutting land owner permitted to intervene as party defendant to appeal regarding cease and desist order barring grooming and boarding of dogs on neighboring property

Summary of this case from One Hundred Nine v. New Milford Pl.

In Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 33 Conn.Sup. 606 (1976), the Appellate Session of the Superior Court, citing § 52-102 and § 52-107 of the Connecticut General Statutes and DeFelice v. Federal Grain Corporation, 12 Conn.Sup. 199 (1943) held that an abutting owner should be permitted to intervene in an appeal from the denial of her neighbor's application for a special permit to permit the grooming of dogs in her home.

Summary of this case from Capanna v. PZC

In Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 33 Conn. Sup. 606 (1976), intervention sought by an abutting property owner was ordered.

Summary of this case from Hartford v. West Hartford

In Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 33 Conn. Sup. 606, 363 A.2d 1119 (App. Sess. 1976), a zoning board denied a plaintiff's appeal from a cease and desist order, which had ordered her to cease grooming and boarding dogs at her premises.

Summary of this case from Daylar CT Prop. v. North Stonington

In Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 33 Conn. Sup. 606, 363 A.2d 1119 (1976), the Appellate Session of the Superior Court was presented with facts similar to the present case.

Summary of this case from Kobyluck v. Montville PZC

In Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Weston, 33 Conn. Sup. 606 (1976), the Appellate session of the Superior Court reversed a trial judge who refused to allow intervention in a zoning dispute by neighbors who claimed to be classical aggrieved. It appears to the court that the only substantial difference between Bucky and the case before it is that the neighbors in the instant case claimed statutory aggrievement rather than classical aggrievement.

Summary of this case from Diversified Bldr. v. Planning and Zoning

In Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 33 Conn. Sup. 606, 363 A.2d 1119 (App. Sess. 1976), an abutting landowner filed a motion to intervene and to be made a party defendant.

Summary of this case from Weissinger v. Matthies
Case details for

Bucky v. Zoning Board of Appeals

Case Details

Full title:MARGARET N. BUCKY v. ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS OF THE TOWN OF WESTON

Court:Appellate Session of the Superior Court

Date published: May 21, 1976

Citations

363 A.2d 1119 (Conn. App. Ct. 1976)
363 A.2d 1119

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