RTM members seek reversal of affordable housing complex OK
Updated 3:13 pm, Sunday, September 18, 2016
WESTPORT — The four-story affordable housing complex recently approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on 1177 Post Road E. will be reviewed by the Representative Town Meeting after a petition was filed requesting the judgment be overturned.
John Suggs, RTM 5, filed the petition in the Town Clerk’s Office on Sept. 9, which was signed by eight RTM members: Suggs; Peter Gold, RTM 5; Thomas Bloch, RTM 5; Cathy Talmadge, RTM 6; Seth Braunstein, RTM 5; Jessica Bram, RTM 6; Brandi Briggs, RTM 6, and Hope Feller, RTM 6.
The request zeros in on reversing the text amendment allowing a Residential-Rental Housing Opportunity/Workforce Zone District, as well as a map amendment to rezone the housing complex site from a General Business District to a Residential-Rental Housing Opportunity/Workforce Zone.
Applied for under the state general statute 8-30g, the 94-unit housing development will have 29 affordable units, or 30.8 percent of the total dwellings. The 1.96-acre property will include an exposed parking lot and an additional concealed parking lot underneath the building — 152 parking spaces.
“The Greens Farms community has no concerns about affordable housing. It understands the need and welcomes it. However, my constituents feel that the proposed four-story structure is incompatible with the existing streetscape and, therefore, it is not appropriate,” Suggs said.
“In addition, there are legitimate concerns that this text amendment, as approved by the P&Z, could become a template for subsequent four-story buildings in other neighborhoods, as well. That is what we want to address with this action.”
The issue will be taken up at the Oct. 4 RTM meeting, according to RTM moderator Eileen Flug.