Age-restricted units approved for 233 Danbury Road

A 30-unit, age-restricted 55-and-older condominium project has been approved for a three-acre site at 233 Danbury Road, north of the Recreation Center driveway and across from the Fox Hill condominiums.

The project won final approvals Nov. 7 on 6-0 votes from both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Inland Wetlands Board — still combined, despite voters recent approval of charter change separating them, until after a new independent wetlands board is elected next November.

About 40 people packed an Oct. 9 public hearing on project and 13 spoke — 10 opposed and three in favor.

The project, which would be in a single three-story building, was proposed under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, which frees developers from density restrictions and most other zoning regulations on projects with at least 30% of the units  — nine of the 30, in this case — qualify as “affordable” by state standards.

“It meets height. It meets the setbacks. It doesn’t meet density,” Planning and Zoning Commission chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said at the Oct. 9 hearing.

The developers of the 30-unit project, CGP at Danbury Road LLC, are an extension of Charter Group Partners — Marty Handshy, Jay Metcalfe and Dennis Stone — who built the 77 Sunset Lane project of 45 coach homes and nine condominiums on former Schlumberger land purchased from the town.