Q: Can residents donate land to be used as open space?
Yes. If you own land that you would like to see forever protected from development, you can donate that land either to the town or to the Lyme Land Conservation Trust for permanent designation as open space. There are various ways to structure a land donation, some of which offer significant tax benefits, so you should consult with an attorney or financial advisor about your specific options. To discuss a donation to the Land Trust, please contact its executive director, Kristina White at email@example.com. To discuss a donation to the town, please contact First Selectman Steven Mattson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: We’re thinking about putting an addition onto our house this summer. What permits or applications do we need?
A: To begin the process, download a Zoning Permit application from this website, fill it out completely and file it with the Town Clerk at Town Hall, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Zoning Enforcement Officer Bernie Gigliotti will review your application and determine which other permits, if any, you may need to apply for; walk you through the approval process for your project; and identify the fees your home-improvement project will entail. (Depending upon the nature of your planned addition, you may be asked to submit other applications during the approval process – for a building permit, wetlands permit, zoning variance request or other specific permits.) Bernie works out of Town Hall on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. till noon, and can be reached at email@example.com.
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