Zoners OK new hearing for controversial North Benson subdivision
Despite objections by some Town Plan and Zoning Commission members, the panel voted Tuesday to send an application for a seven-lot subdivision on North Benson Road to a public hearing.
The re-subdivision application by Marc Papini for 1610-1654 North Benson Road had been rejected by the TPZ earlier this year, primarily because of drainage issues. Nearly two dozen nearby residents raised objections during the public hearing on the application in May, arguing that the development would worsen flooding in their basements and yards.
Assistant Planning Director James Wendt said told the commission the subdivision application has been revised, with additional yard drains added to the new plans.
"I don't see this as significant," Commissioner Richard Jacobs said of the changes. "We can have them wait; that's an option."
Under zoning regulations an applicant has to wait a year before resubmitting an application that has been denied, unless the commission believes that sufficient changes have been made.
Jacobs and Commission Sally Parker voted against accepting the application for public hearing.
But other TPZ members disagreed.
Commissioner Douglas Soutar said he feels there were enough changes in the drainage plan, which was a major issue, that it is fair for the panel to accept the application now for a new hearing.
The proposed subdivision is located north of Fairfield University, near Hanford Drive. Three houses are now on the property, and Papini wants to demolish one of the homes and build five new ones, for a total of seven.