The Fairfield County Hunt Club on Thursday faced another hurdle it needs to jump for approval to add 3,180 square feet to its clubhouse.

The Planning and Zoning Commission heard a presentation, but did not vote, on the application by John Fallon, the lawyer representing the hunt club at 174 Long Lots Road.

"The new construction to the rear of the existing clubhouse is a new grill room, which will add a total of 1,164 square feet," Fallon said. The addition will also include new bathrooms and a wrap-around porch a the back of the building.

"We're not looking to expand our membership," Fallon said. "It's pretty straight-forward. It's a small addition ... Things have changed in the world of dining ... and more informality is what's desired."

If the plan is approved, the square footage of the clubhouse will increase from 7,436 to 10,616, according to Laurence Bradley, town zoning director.

The request for a special permit and site plan approval also includes a variety of renovations, including rebuilding the front porch, adding handicapped access, but according to the applicants, there would be no major visual changes. The aluminum and wood side of the building will also be replaced with new wood, and painted to look similar to the existing building.

"We are doing some upgrades from a mechanical standpoint," said Joe Mulligan, architect with Mark Finlay Associates, including "a new fire pump, sprinkler system (and) new fire alarm system."

Fallon said that, consistent with past requests, no additional parking is required. He said that while zoning regulations require commercial restaurants to add one additional parking space for every 50 square feet of space added, this has not been the case in Westport with private clubs.

"We have 218 full-time parking spaces on site," he said. "We also have provision for excess pervious parking when we have those special events that require it."

He said the neighbors of the hunt club have been informed about the planned addition, and are supportive,

"This building has a lot of architectural history and integrity ..." Fallon said, "and I think it's not going to have any visual impact beyond what you're going to see."

No one from the public commented on the hunt club application during the P&Z hearing.