by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2018 10:23 am | Comments (1)
There 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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by Diana Stricker | Nov 4, 2018 7:55 pm
The 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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by Diana Stricker | Oct 29, 2018 8:07 pm | Comments (1)
Although 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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by Diana Stricker | Oct 25, 2018 6:49 am | Comments (6)
A 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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by Diana Stricker | Sep 9, 2018 3:32 pm
It will be a busy season for town commissions as several projects come to the forefront in the next few weeks, including the proposed 10-year plan; the town’s potential purchase of a Tabor Drive property; and various residential proposals.
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by Diana Stricker | Aug 8, 2018 6:57 am | Comments (6)
Efforts to rebuild the deteriorating Parkside Village 1 affordable housing complex in Branford are at a crossroads.
One of the issues is whether a 1925 statute about neighborhood protest petitions is relevant to projects filed under the 1990 Affordable Housing Statute.
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by Paul Bass | Aug 2, 2018 10:15 pm | Comments (1)
The quest for affordable housing has divided cities like New Haven from suburbs like Branford. But it doesn’t have to, Sean Scanlon says.
He tells a story about his grandfather to explain why.
Click here to read the full story.
by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2018 6:42 am
The 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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by Diana Stricker | Jul 30, 2018 6:45 am | Comments (7)
Wednesday’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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by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2018 7:12 am
A 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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