Approval to build two new commercial buildings at 1300 Post Road East was granted unanimously Thursday by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The 1.12-acre property is located on the south side of Post Road East between the intersections of Turkey Hill Road and Mills Street.

The plan includes construction of a single-story building with 7,200 square feet of space for multiple retail tenants, as well as a 3,764-square-foot, two-story building that will house a 2,000-square-foot bank on the first floor with a drive-through lane.

There will be office space on the second floor of that building, William Achilles of Achilles Architects, the property owner, told commission members.

The special permit approved for the project by the P&Z was needed because the bank would be located within 500 feet of another property with a bank and drive through.

The two connected commercial buildings currently on the site will be demolished and modifications will be made to provide 56 parking spaces, according to the site plans.

There will also be modifications to the existing driveway and installation of new landscaping and lighting.

The bank that plans to move to the new complex is a First County Bank branch, Achilles said.

Mary Young, the Planning and Zoning Department's deputy director, said the application prompted her to check how many bank offices there currently are in town. "I found 27 banks listed on the FDIC" website, she said. But after checking for herself, she found there are actually 24 in operation.

Traffic impact studies were also done for the site to measure the drive-through's impact on traffic. "The impact would be minimal" during the peak morning time of 8 to 9 a.m., according to Mike Galante, traffic engineer with Fairfield-based Frederick Clark Associates.

Resident Don Bergmann brought up the traffic issue, saying that with any new development he feels there should not be any increase in traffic -- "not even by one car."