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Three Affordable Housing Projects Still Up For Consideration In March

Three affordable housing projects are at different stages of completion in the application process.

Despite a rash of opposition from neighbors, three affordable housing applications are set to continue through the Planning and Zoning process in March, each of them at different stages of completion.

The first and furthest along in the process is the site at , which now sits at 12 units, down from an originally proposed 16.

With Tuesday's special Planning and Zoning meeting cancelled, the application process is set to continue March 15 tentatively -- the months-long process has seen much debate over environmental issues, water problems and traffic concerns.

The second project is proposed for 28 Gilbert St. on the corner of New St., a plot that would encompass 12 units on a third of an acre -- according to section 8-30g of the Connecticut State Code, 30 percent of the units would meet affordable standards.

The applicant, DPA LLC., joined the P&Z commission last week for a public hearing that showed a number of concerned neighbors -- the hearing is scheduled to continue March 27.

A third project is proposed for 593 Main St., which would place 16 units on just over one acre of land. The applicant in this case is 593 Main Street Ridgefield LLC.

The public hearing for this project is set for March 6.

Although the town has suggested the possibility of seeking out a moratorium on affordable housing projects, more of these applications have come through recently than ever before, P&Z chair Rebecca Mucchetti said.

Whether they come to pass will be determined in the next few months.

Cal March 01, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Yes, the beat goes on, and Ridgefield will eventually be terribly transfigured by more of these high density 8-30g projects. In addition to the 12 units planned for 28 Gilbert on .33 of an acre, the house next door to that lot sold to the same developer last fall, and it's on an even smaller lot, so I wonder how many units will eventually be proposed for that small area. And It really isn't an issue that these are "affordable" -- only 30% of the units in each project fall into that category -- they could just as well all be luxury units, because the real problem is the density, the parking and drainage problems, and the sewer backups, as well as in the terrible aesthetics of these hulking faux Victorian or Colonial mansions filled with dozens of units. BTW, there are PLENTY of truly affordable apartments available at Casagmo and Fox Hill, but the State will not count those toward qualification for a moratorium because they are not deeded with rent limitations for 40 years. It's a joke on us, the taxpayers, as these unholy alliances between developers and their local attorney "fronts", along with acquiescent town officials, who continue to put short term cash-flow, revenue, and grand list growth ahead of the long term interests and charm of a great little town. Sic transit gloria mundi...
ali March 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
And if it snows, like last year, where do you put the snow? In the road? and how much room will the dumpsters take up? just thinking out loud.
Tom Falconieri March 01, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Vote with you FEET while you CAN!!!!!

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