Lee Miro got an early Christmas present Tuesday when the Town Plan and Zoning Commission approved his request to sell Christmas trees in a Tunxis Hill Cutoff parking lot.

Miro used the same lot for tree sales last year, and Planning Director Joseph Devonshuk said officials had not received complaints about traffic. The parking lot is shared by a restaurant and TJ Maxx.

Not all commissioners were in a giving mood, however. Commissioners Rich Jacobs and Patricia Jacobson both voted to deny the application.

"I can't support this letter," Jacobson said. "I think it did cause an increase in traffic." She said the property is a parking lot, and if someone wants to sell Christmas trees, they should do it at their place of business.

Jacobs, who also voted against the Miro Christmas tree application last year, said he does not like the idea of the commission "going in and taking away parking." He said it also undermines the opportunities in town for people who pay property taxes for their businesses. "If you want a business, be a business," he said.

But Commissioner Douglas Soutar said he believes the situation is similar to that of Dairy Queen on the Post Road. During the holiday months, trees and wreaths are sold at that parking lot.

"The difference is Dairy Queen is closed when the Christmas trees are sold," TPZ Chairman Bryan LeClerc said.

Vice Chairman Seth Baratz said he voted against the application last year, but would support it this time. "They had a year with no issues," he said. "It's only five weeks."

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