City of Norwalk v. Rowe
A court can order a citizen to pay a fine of $100 per day, unless the citizen complies with a zoning inspector's cease-and-desist order. A citizen complained about motor vehicles and debris located at 10 Richmond Road in Norwalk. A zoning inspector visited the property and allegedly discovered three motor vehicles, some of which were parked in front of a setback line, as well as garbage cans, broken machinery and debris. In April 2012, the zoning inspector issued a cease-and-desist order to the defendant owner, Peter Rowe. The City of Norwalk and the zoning inspector requested a court injunction, to order Rowe to comply with the cease-and-desist order. Rowe apparently admitted that the zoning inspector's photos of his property were accurate. Previously, in 2005, Superior Court Judge Thomas Nadeau ordered Rowe to remove unregistered motor vehicles, debris and junk from his property. At that time, Rowe allegedly agreed to remove five motor vehicles, a motorcycle and a trailer. The municipality is entitled to seek a court injunction to enforce zoning regulations. "While not every zoning violation supports the issuance of an injunction," wrote the court, "the plaintiffs here are not required to establish irreparable harm or lack of an adequate remedy at law in order for a court to order injunctive relief." The court found that Rowe may keep only one unregistered motor vehicle on his property. The court ordered Rowe to remove all other unregistered motor vehicles, garbage, equipment and debris. Any motor vehicle that remains must be parked behind the setback line. If Rowe does not comply, on or before Jan. 15, 2013, the municipality can fine Rowe $100 per day until he complies.