[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 8-11-1997 (Ch. 21 of the 1976 Code); amended in its entirety 6-14-2010. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 7-24-2010.
Pursuant to the authority of § 8-12a of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Town Council hereby adopts a chapter establishing penalties for violations of zoning regulations.
The Zoning Enforcement Officer is authorized to issue citations for violations of the Zoning Regulations of the Town of Monroe to the extent and in the manner provided by this chapter. Any such citation may be served either by hand delivery or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the person named in such citation. If the person named in a citation sent by certified mail fails or refuses to accept such mail, the citation shall be sent by regular United States mail. The Zoning Enforcement Officer shall file and retain an original or certified copy of the citation. Any citation issued shall identify the specific Town of Monroe zoning regulation violated.
A citation may be issued for any violation of the Zoning Regulations of the Town of Monroe.
The fine for each such violation or offense shall be $150 or such amount as authorized by Connecticut General Statutes, payable to the Treasurer of the Town of Monroe ("Treasurer"). Any fine collected by the Town pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited to the general fund of the Town. Each day for which a violation exists shall be a separate offense, and the Zoning Enforcement Officer shall only be required to issue one citation with regard to the same violation which exists for multiple days.
Any person receiving such a citation shall be allowed a period of 30 days from his or her receipt of the citation to make an uncontested payment of the fine specified in the citation to the Town of Monroe. If the citation has been sent by regular mail pursuant to the provisions in § 505-2 of this chapter, the day of receipt of the citation shall be deemed to be three business days after the day of mailing of the citation.
Any person issued a citation shall be entitled to a hearing to contest the citation. The procedures for hearing, disposition and enforcement shall be as set forth in § 7-152c of the Connecticut General Statutes, as the same may be amended from time to time.
The First Selectman shall appoint one or more citation hearing officers to conduct the hearings provided by this chapter. The Zoning Enforcement Officer, the Building Inspector, any employee of the Town of Monroe or any volunteer of the Town of Monroe exercising zoning authority may not be appointed to be a hearing officer pursuant to this section.