TPZ to review plan for controversial Tuller subdivision
Plans to build an eight-lot residential subdivision on the former Tuller School property, already being challenged by neighbors, are tentatively slated to be reviewed by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission this month.
Last May, plans for the Tuller Road property were approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission, despite objections from Little Brook Road neighbors. Shortly thereafter, husband and wife Dean O'Donnell and Susan Civitano, who live at 98 Little Brook Road, filed an appeal of that decision. A court hearing is scheduled for May 1.
"They are concerned about the impact" of the development, said Joel Green, the lawyer representing the litigants. "They're concerned there is a potential flooding issue. There's a lot of wetlands."
The couple challenging the wetlands approval also do not believe, Green said, that proper measures have been put in place to prevent flooding onto their property from surface and storm water run-off from the Tuller Road lots, if developed.
According to Assistant Planning Director James Wendt, the application before the TPZ calls for subdividing the 5.17 acres into eight single-family home lots, but not to build any structures at this point. "They're just applying to divide the property," he said.
If the subdivision application is approved, Wendt said, the developers would then need only to apply to the TPZ staff for administrative approval for construction of the individual houses.
Malgorzata Piekarksi and Christopher Cocco purchased the former school property for $990,000. They are also the contract purchasers for a small easterly portion of property at 120 Tuller Road. Wendt said the additional land is needed in order to have the required acreage for the eight lots.