A bid to allow gasoline service stations as a permitted use in the town's industrial commercial zone along Route 7 in New Milford recently got a thumbs down from zoners.

The Zoning Commission denied Paul Szymanski Jr.'s application April 9 to amend the zoning regulations to allow these businesses, with or without convenience stores, in the IC zone south from Lanesville Road to the Brookfield town line.

The zoners' denial came via a 3 to 2 vote. The proposal had been approved by the Planning Commission.

It had strong support from Chris Gardner, Buck Whiteway and Tom Esposito of the Economic Development Commission.

Esposito, also a Town Council member, noted allowing more diversity in that corridor is supported by the EDC.

He added when the language for the IC zone was set in the Plan of Conservation & Development to encourage corporate parks development there, it was not meant to prohibit ancillary uses on smaller parcels.

In the end, Zoning Commission chairman Bill Taylor's concerns about the potential "proliferation of gas stations" appearing along the corridor won the day.

He was supported in his denial vote by fellow zoners Eleanor Florio and Alexandra Ince.

-- Susan Tuz