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New Canaan mulling creation of “Blight Committee” to handle reports of neglected properties

October 03, 2018 10:31PM

New Canaan residents who have complaints about blighted properties may soon be able to file them with a Blight Committee, New Canaanite reported. The town’s chief building official Brian Platz proposed the committee earlier this week, saying it would allow the town to better address complaints on a case-by-case basis. “I think that if [town residents] were to be, for want of a better word, ‘judged’ on the condition of their property, it may be better received by a jury of their peers rather than a building inspector who is an enforcement agent of the town,” Platz said, according to the outlet. The committee would be able to coordinate with the town’s nonprofits in situations where a home “has fallen by the wayside” due to a personal issue like a death in the family, one town official suggested. [New Canaanite]