The construction of four new four-bedroom homes and preservation of a circa 1790 farmhouse, on a little over 10 acres off Barry Avenue, are the objectives of plans that will be up for public comment Tuesday, June 25.
The proposal by Sturges Brothers Inc. seeks a five-lot subdivision of the 10.2 acre Montanari property at 99 Barry Avenue — the property is southeast of the Barry Avenue’s intersection with Remington Road, across from Kiln Hill Lane. It will be the subject of a public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission next Tuesday, June 25, at a meeting scheduled to start at 7:30 in the town hall annex by Yanity Gym.
“In designing the subdivision, the applicant’s primary goal is to leave the existing farmhouse as undisturbed as feasible, including preserving the existing driveway so that it serves only the farmhouse lot,” says a narrative that is part of the application.
The Sturges Brothers’ authorized agent for the application is attorney Robert Jewell of the Ridgefield-based law firm Donnelly, Gustafson and McNamara.
The farmhouse property would be a lot of about two acres, and the four new houses would be on lots of a little over one-acre each. There would be an open space parcel of 3.7 acres designed to include all of the wetlands on the property, according to application.
As a cluster-style Planned Residential Development (PRD) subdivision, the developer is allowed to put houses on lots smaller than those required by the zone — in this case a two-acre residential zone — as long as the plan doesn’t call for more house than would be possible in a conventional subdivision with each lot meeting the required minimum lot size. In this case the conventional subdivision would yield five house lots of about two-acre each, on the 10.2 acres in the two-acre residential zone.
All the houses would be served by Aquarion Water Company water lines in the neighborhood, and would have on-site septic systems for sewage disposal.
“The assessor’s records indicate that the existing SFD (single family dwelling) was built around 1790,” a staff report on the application states. “...The proposed project is a conventional cluster five (5) lot PRD subdivision, with four (4) new lots being served by an accessway, and with the creation of an open space parcel that is to be one-third the size of the overall property.
“A cluster PRD allows for more contiguous open space area, consistent with smart planning and POCD principles, than a standard conventional subdivision would provide at this location,” the staff report says.
There is a related summary ruling application to the Inland Wetlands Board — which is still an authority exercised by members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, although a new independent wetlands board is being elected next fall.
“Due to the proximity of wetlands to the proposed building lots, a visual delineation should be placed along the northern open space boundary to prevent incursion and/or encroachment into the open space and/or wetlands,” the staff report says. “Options would include split rail fencing, large boulders, etc.”
Plans and documents concerning the application are available a the town planning office in the town hall annex.