North Street 'affordable' down to six units

Reduced to six units from 11 originally proposed, the affordable housing proposal for 24 North Street will be back before the public next week.

A public hearing on the plan will be resumed next Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 in the Town Hall Annex at 66 Prospect Street.

The Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing had last met — very briefly, as plan revisions weren’t completed, it turned out — on Dec. 18. That hearing session, the second on the project, was continued until next week.

The plan put forward by Ridgefield Modular Home had originally called for 11 units in four buildings. Now six units in two buildings are proposed.

Two of the six units would have to be affordable by state standards, since the project is proposed under the state’s affordable housing statute, 8-30g, which allows developers to circumvent many zoning restrictions if 30% of the units will be affordable.

The 0.4 acre site now houses on small ranch house.

Neighbors had vehemently opposed the project, with many of the objections based on the area’s already serious storm water runoff problems.

According to Town Planner Betty Brosius, both of the two previous drainage schemes have now been put aside.

The original plan involved using a pipe that’s already there, and goes under an accessway on adjacent property — and would have directed runoff toward the Norwalk River watershed.

A second plan — the one that wasn’t completely worked out for the Dec. 18 hearing — would have improved and used town drainage systems on North Street to direct water toward the Titicus River, and the watershed of a New York City water supply reservoir.

Now, the plan is not to add to the area’s runoff.

“They’ve added additional underground storm water detention, and they’re attempting to achieve zero percent increase in runoff from the site,” Ms. Brosius said.

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