Revisions by the developer have reduced the density of a vigorously contested plans for affordable housing development from 11 units to 8 units on four-tenths of an acre off North Street.
Plans for stormwater drainage, which had been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from neighbors, have also been revised.
Discussion of proposal for 24 North Street by Ridgefield Modular Home Corp. is scheduled to resume at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the town hall annex.
Town Planner Betty Brosius summarized recently submitted changes to the plans in a Dec. 11 memorandum to Planning and Zoning Commission members. Among the changes she outlined were:
- “The number of individual units has been reduced from eleven to eight.
- “There are now six two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units proposed; the four one-bedroom units (which were proposed in two modular units) have been eliminated.
- “All drainage is now directed to a proposed new system in North Street, connecting to an existing system in Maple Shade Road, and not into nearby wetlands.
- “The proposed drainage discharge has been shifted from the nearby wetlands that empty toward Copps Hill, and re-directed to a drainage system that empties into the Titicus River.
“New landscape plans were also submitted,” Ms. Brosius said.
“The architecture of the units has been changed, but we do not have revised plans with this submission. It is my understanding (supported by the landscape plan) that the two end units closest to North Street will have front doors facing the street, and the two units immediately behind the front units will face to the north and south, respectively, with front doors facing the neighbors.”
Ms. Brosius told the commission that she would send the revised plans to the town engineer, zoning enforcement officer, wetlands agent, fire marshal, Conservation Commission, Highway Department, Water Pollution Control Authority and the Police Commission.
Next Tuesday’s will be the second public hearing session on the project. About 20 people turned out and six spoke — all against the plan — at the first hearing Nov. 20.
Opponents raised concerns that ranged from density to aesthetics, and devoted much of their testimony to neighborhood drainage problems.
Ridgefield Modular Home Corporation will need to make three of the proposed eight units “affordable” under state guidelines to meet the 30% which qualifies the project for consideration under state statute 8-30g, the controversial affordable housing law. Under that law the plan needn’t meet most of the zoning regulations — density, setbacks, etc. — that usually govern new construction.
Attorney Catherine Cuggino, representing Ridgefield Modular Home Corporation, had said at the first hearing session that the development team would be receptive to feedback and seek ways to make the project more acceptable though a collaborative process with town officials and neighbors.
“We’re willing to listen. This is the first meeting,” she’d said.