P&Z Won’t Appeal Judge’s Parkside Decision

by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2018 11:23 am | Comments (1)

Photo by Diana StrickerThere was good news for Branford’s Housing Authority Tuesday when the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission voted unanimously not to appeal a Superior Court judge’s recent decision that favored the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project.

Neighbors who opposed the housing project said they were “very disappointed” after hearing the commission’s decision.

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P&Z Scrutinizes Details and Big-Picture Plans

by Diana Stricker | Nov 4, 2018 8:55 pm

Branford GISThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began its review of site plans for the long-proposed Sterling Ridge housing complex in the town’s historic district. The commission also set a date for a public hearing for the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners discussed concerns about a tree that was removed from a construction site at 250 N. Main St.; and they denied a request for an interior residential lot on Damascus Road.

They also appointed a new zoning enforcement officer.

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Parkside Misses Funding Deadline But Will Persist

by Diana Stricker | Oct 29, 2018 9:07 pm | Comments (1)

Photo by Diana StrickerAlthough a judge has ruled in favor of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project, it’s too late for the Branford Housing Authority to apply for federal funding this year.

However, the developer is still optimistic about the project, which would replace dilapidated public housing that does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Judge: Protest Petitions Don’t Apply to Affordable Housing Projects

by Diana Stricker | Oct 25, 2018 7:49 am | Comments (6)

File photoA state Superior Court judge has ruled that neighborhood protest petitions requiring a “supermajority” vote by Branford’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission are not relevant to affordable housing projects like Parkside Village.

During the P&Z public hearings last year, neighbors who opposed the project signed protest petitions that supposedly triggered a state law requiring a zoning change be approved by a two-thirds supermajority vote.

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P&Z Approves Longtime Proposals

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2018 7:42 am

Diana Stricker photoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved changes to the proposed Sterling Ridge housing plan Thursday, but only after the developers reached agreements with neighbors including the Branford Historical Society.

“They’ve done well, working with the neighbors,” said P&Z chair Chuck Andres (center).

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RTM Denies Melrose/Parkside Easement

by Diana Stricker | Jul 30, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (7)

Diana Stricker photoWednesday’s meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) was a lesson in irony.

The RTM denied a request from Branford’s Housing Authority to grant an easement on Melrose Avenue for two years during construction of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project. Some RTM members said the easement would actually be in perpetuity, which they opposed; and they also objected to the $200,000 donation to help build the road, offered by the Housing Authority and its developer, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston.

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Restoring History with a Twist

by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2018 8:12 am

With PermissionA Branford doctor received unanimous approval Thursday to restore an 1850 vintage house in the Town Center and create new offices and a surgical suite.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed to postpone a public hearing for the proposed Sterling Ridge housing to give the developer a chance to meet with neighbors who are not happy with potential changes.

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