As controversy continued to swirl over the future of the town-owned Baron's South property, about 30 people -- mostly members of the Representative Town Meeting -- turned out Wednesday morning to tour part of the newly designed open-space land where some town officials want to build a 165-unit housing/care complex for seniors.

The tour comes in the wake of Monday's recommendation by the RTM's Planning and Zoning Committee that the full legislative body overturn the recent decision by the Planning and Zoning Commission to designate the property as open space.

The designation poses a significant, if not impossible, hurdle to the development of the senior housing, according to its proponents -- a view disputed by P&Z members who favor the open-space amendment.

The group visited the 3-plus acres of the property where the development would take place under the latest version of the plan, but discussion was limited so as not to prejudice review of the issue expected to arise at next Tuesday's meeting of the full RTM.

Also on hand for the tour was Chip Stephens, the P&Z chairman, who remained steadfast in support of the open-space designation under sharp questioning by RTM members Monday.

The RTM can overturn the P&Z designation by a two-thirds vote.