Public Hearing on Southbury Movie Theater Rescheduled for Jan. 29

The hearing was postponed due to a roof fire that broke out at Pomperaug High School early Wednesday.

Photo credit: JanneM via Flickr Creative Commons.
Photo credit: JanneM via Flickr Creative Commons.
A roof fire caused by a malfunctioning transformer made for a hectic morning at Pomperaug High School Wednesday. As a result, residents will have to wait one more week to voice their opinions about the Riverview Cinema & Playhouse proposal.

The Southbury First Selectman's Office made the following announcement via email Wednesday afternoon:

"The Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, Jan. 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled per orders of the Southbury Fire Chief and the Superintendent of Schools for Region 15.

The public hearing will be continued to Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Pomperaug High School, Judd Road, Southbury, CT."

The public hearing on the movie theater proposal was initially scheduled at the Southbury Town Hall on Jan. 8. Due to the number of people who showed up to speak, the meeting was continued to Jan. 15 at the Pomperaug High School auditorium. 

However, a detailed presentation on the project took up last week's meeting, which was slated to continue on Jan. 22, giving the Zoning Commission and the public the chance to ask questions. 

Wednesday, Jan. 29 will mark the fourth try.

In the meantime, the LaFlamme family, developers of the project, answered some of our readers' questions, and last Wednesday's presentation can be found online here.

What questions will you ask, when you have the chance?

Pgmr9 January 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM
and if it doesn't show all genres of movies then it is not servicing the entire population of southbury now is it, since there are probably people that would want to see those movies.. it doesnt matter anyway its gong to be built, the decisions have already been made in the back room deals, this commission vote and these meetings are just smoke and mirrors for the public
end it now! January 28, 2014 at 01:18 PM
The "back room deal" you keep referring to is the Comprehensive Plan of Development. The Town set up guidelines for development many years ago for the whole town. As long as a developer works withing those guidelines, they can develop the property they own. There have been many years during which this could have been changed, but no one felt the need. This developer is looking for a variance that will increase the number of screens, but not the number of seats or anything else that will really change the purposes approved for the land. So, you are right, it will pass, or Southbury will likely face a lawsuit that it will most likely lose.
Angela Flynn January 28, 2014 at 02:32 PM
My letter to the commission focused on the size of the project and the future growth of Southbury. Personally I don't think we need 8 screens and no...2 huge screens is not the alternative. I caution people talking about hypotheticals such as crime, drugs, etc. as it can't be proven. Use of land, size, traffic, growth...those are the topics.
John January 31, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Is it true they are gonna meet again next week?


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