Satan's Kingdom Public Hearing Tomorrow

Selectman, Development Corps approve while residents oppose industrial development.

Local officials will host a public hearing on the rezoning of Satan's Kingdom, LLC, will be held on Wednesday, May 28. 

The town's Economic Development Commission and First Selectman Dan Jerram support the application, which would build an industrial park on 17 presently vacant acres along Route 44. 

Opposition points to the Farmington River, which the federal government designated as wild and scenic in 1944. The industrial park would be only 100 feet away from the Farmington River. 

Many of the residents opposed to the development have organized through Facebook under the name Save Satan's Kingdom. They are urging a large turnout at the public hearing. 

David Sinish May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
The article on the Satan's Kingdom proposal has a few important errors. The proposal is for property in New Hartford, and is being heard by the New Hartford planning and Zoning Commission in New Hartford. This proposal has nothing to do with Canton land use boards. However, it is expected that a proposal will be made on contiguous land in Canton in the near future. Further, the article states that the 14 mile section of the Farmington from Canton (upstream from Cherry Brook) up to the Goodwin Dam in Barkhamsted was designated as a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1944. The actual date was 1994. It is the Designation's 20th anniversary that will be celebrated on June 22 at People's State Forest. David Sinish has been on the Board of Directors of the Farmington River Watershed Association since 1981, and very active in the Designation and the Farmington River Coordinating Committee which is responsible for seeing that the management for the section is followed.
Wyatt May 28, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Given the poor economy and the lack of depend for industrial sites in Connecticut (and particularly in the Canton area, i.e. the near-vacant Canton Industrial Park), I see little near-term affect from any granting of permission. I would expect the industrial park to remain vacant for years, if not decades.


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