Zoning panel denies Daybreak development proposal
Updated 1:25 pm, Friday, March 23, 2018
WESTPORT — After midnight, in the meeting’s fifth hour, the Planning and Zoning Commission issued a resolution of denial for a proposed housing development age restricted for people 55 and older at 500 Main St. at the busy intersection of Routes 57 and 136.
“The commission is persuaded that the public testimony regarding the safety of the intersection, that adding any traffic to the intersection would not be in the interest of public safety and general welfare,” Danielle Dobin, a Planning and Zoning Commission member, said, reading from the resolution of denial for the proposal for five two-family small homes and one single-family home on the property of 500 Main St.
Dobin and P&Z members Michael Canmeyer, Alfred Gratrix and Greg Rutstein voted in favor of the resolution to deny the project, while commissioners Paul Lebowitz and Cathy Walsh voted against the resolution of denial. Commissioner Chip Stephens was not present at the time of the vote.
In the resolution of denial, the commission cited the comments of the project’s traffic consultant, who said he would not recommend adding more traffic to an intersection rated “F” and the words of town Conservation Director Alicia Mozian who said the 11 septic systems proposed for the development might have an adverse impact on the nearby aquifer.
“I feel this application met the regulations. This applicant worked with us for years, and I think we steered him to this project and therefore I am in favor of denying the denial,” Walsh said, voicing her dissenting opinion to the resolution.
Bonnie Dubson, a resident of Daybreak Lane and leader of the Coleytown Conservation Coalition, which formed to oppose the development, said she applauds the commission’s decision.
“We commend the commission for their commitment to weighing all the facts. The commissioners voted in the best interest of area residents, to safeguard our health and welfare and ensure the character of our neighborhood was not compromised by the introduction of a high-density development,” Dubson said.
The project’s developer, Peter Greenberg of Able Construction, did not return calls for comment.
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