Housing

Parkside Village Zoning Changes Face Obstacles

by marcia chambers | Sep 21, 2016 8:10 am

With Permission More than 100 neighbors, some respectful, some rude, challenged plans to redevelop Parkside Village 1 last week, saying a massive new building 40 feet high was out of sync with the neighborhood both in scale and design.

Dissent against the proposed plan to redevelop the low-income senior housing project came not only from a well-organized group of neighbors, but from a few Planning & Zoning commissioners as well as by Harry Smith, the town planner. Smith seemed disheartened by the scale and scope of the proposed changes, which requires that Parkside 1 buildings be demolished and rebuilt. He said the proposed new housing was “more akin to a commercial building.”

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P&Z Consensus: Deny Pawson Park Project

by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2016 1:00 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) won’t vote on a small affordable housing project on what is termed an “unbuildable lot” in Pawson Park until its next meeting, but the commissioners expressed concern and disapproval about the project last night.

The half-acre property at 239 Pawson Road is located in a flood plain, and contains tidal wetlands and an easement to an adjacent 20 acres of state-owned open-space property.

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Rising Seas, Tidal Wetlands and Affordable Housing?

by Diana Stricker | Sep 8, 2016 6:59 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has two months to discuss a request to build affordable housing on what has been termed an “unbuildable” lot on Branford’s shoreline. The half-acre property is located in a flood plain, and contains tidal wetlands and an easement to an adjacent 20 acres of state-owned open-space property.

“We have time,” said Chairman Charles Andres following the close of the public hearing last week.  Andres said the commission needs to discuss and review all the documents and testimony before making a decision.  “This is something that I think we should take very carefully … and discuss it thoroughly,” he said.

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ZBA Rejects Controversial Shoreline Home

by Diana Stricker | Aug 17, 2016 1:30 pm | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo A Middletown man showed Branford’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) photos of the half-acre lot where he hoped to build a shoreline home, but the board denied his requests for variances, saying he knew when he bought the land last year it was not a buildable lot.

Diana Stricker Photo The ZBA voted unanimously to deny the variances after a two-hour public hearing Tuesday night that attracted about 50 people. The previous owner‘s request for variances was denied in January 2015.

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P&Z Approves 6 Month Moratorium on Oversized Duplexes

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2016 7:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo There will be a six month moratorium on new applications for duplexes and multi-family homes in R-1 zones, following a unanimous vote by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week.

Town Planner Harry Smith, pictured above, pointed out the R-1 zones which are located in areas of Branford Hills, the Town Center, and a small portion of lots off Brushy Plain Road.

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Pawson Neighbors Protest Housing Plan at P&Z Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2016 7:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo Pawson Road neighbors say it’s wrong to build multi-family homes, under the guise of affordable housing, on a half-acre property that is prone to coastal flooding. They also object to the owner’s alternate request to build a single- family home on the site, which has been deemed an unbuildable lot.

About 90 people crowded into the meeting room Thursday at the Canoe Brook Senior Center for a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. They applauded State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-Branford) when she said similar situations are happening elsewhere in the state and efforts are underway to enact legislation to clarify the state’s affordable housing act.

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P&Z and ZBA Face Different Plans for Same Waterview Property

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2016 12:17 pm

With Permission Branford’s regulatory boards have scheduled public hearings next week on proposals to build either a waterfront single family home or affordable housing units on Pawson Road, across the river from Branford Point and overlooking Branford Harbor.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission recently approved plans to expand an orthopedic center on North Main Street, and discussed bylaws for the commission.The met in the community room at Fire Headquarters.

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P&Z’s Full Plate: Housing, Playground, Laundry & Maybe a Meat Store

by Diana Stricker | May 11, 2016 7:35 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s first Incentive Housing moderate-income apartments are closer to reality as the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reviews plans submitted by developer Alex Vigliotti.

The proposal would allow two existing office buildings on Summit Place to be converted into a total of 35 apartments, including seven that would be designated for moderate-income. Vigliotti’s request for an Incentive Housing Overlay District (IHOD) was approved by P&Z in January, becoming the first area of town to have the new zoning designation. Now the specific plans are being reviewed.

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Arriving in Branford: Chipotle, Bluegrass and Cosgrove Court

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2016 10:31 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved four proposals Thursday—- two Cosgrove family subdivisions; a Chipotle restaurant; and musical entertainment at The Stand restaurant in Indian Neck.

Re-Subdividing Cosgrove Property

“This is a very straightforward application,” said Engineer Bob Criscuolo, of Criscuolo Engineering in Branford, as he presented plans to re-subdivide a 1.5 acre site at 19 Parish Farm Road. The property is owned by the legendary Dan Cosgrove, a master builder and a political force in Branford and in the state for decades.

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