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Zone Change Sought For Possible Adult Community

Zone Change Sought For Possible Adult Community

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission tabled a proposal for a zone change that would permit the development of a Cottage Active Adult Community (CAAC) with up to 50 units to be constructed off Turkey Hill Road on land that borders the Merritt Parkway.

The plan, submitted by Richard Meisenheimer of Charles Court, calls for a walkable community for people 55 years of age and up that would feature recreational amenities, private walking trails, community buildings and passive outdoor recreation.  The application states the Cottage project development area (CPDA) will meet the site location criteria—a location north of CT Rte 15/Merritt Parkway and west of Turkey Hill Road; minimum frontage of 300 feet on a town or state road or right of way; and a portion of the real property located within .25 miles of CT Rte.15/Merritt Parkway.  The application states the development would contain no less than 10 acres and no more than 30 acres, at a density of “no more than five dwelling units per acre.”  The proposed residential units would have living areas ranging from 800 to 1,800 square feet.

In his presentation to the board, Attorney Kevin Curseaden described the proposed development as more affordable than Fieldstone Village on Grassy Hill Road, with units possibly selling in the high $300,000s or low $400,000s.

According to TPZC Chairman Ozzie Parente, based on comments the board made about the plan at its May meeting, the applicant has revised its proposed amendments to the regulations and will appear before the board again in June.

By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent

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