The Planning and Zoning Commission in Litchfield will hold a public hearing Monday on a request by the First Congregational Church of Litchfield to have its zoning designation changed from Historic Residential to Historic Town Center.
 
The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex in Bantam.
 
Located in the heart of the Borough of Litchfield’s historic district, the church’s 3.4-acre property borders residential property to the north and east, hence its Historic Residential designation. The Historic Town Center zone is located in the commercial area surrounding the Green.
 
The church is seeking a zoning change that it believes would make it easier to have its property used for commercial activities such as catering, offices and a nursery school.
 
The church’s attorney, James Stedronsky of Litchfield, has explained to the commission that the activities the church is interested in hosting would be more in keeping with Historic Town Center regulations than the regulations of the Historic Residential designation.
 
At meeting of the commission Dec. 2, commission Chairman Carol Bramley pitched the concept of a regulation being created that would give churches in town the ability to seek approval of uses the First Congregational Church is planning. That would eliminate the idea of moving the church out of the Historic Residential zone.
 
Such a regulation, Bramley said, would help protect the residential areas bordering the church property.