A trio of 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom homes have been proposed to be built on a three-lot subdivision at 28 Great Hill Road. One of the homes would be set aside as affordable housing for a family making 60% of the state median income. That allows the subdivision to fall under the state\u2019s affordable housing law, 8-30g, and lets the developer breakup the lot into smaller parcels that are typically not permitted by the town. \u201cI believe that this allows new homes to be built that are affordable instead of someone coming in and spending $800,000 on a new home, \u201dsaid Richard Szentkuti, president of CV Building Concepts, the Ridgefield firm that submitted the application. \u201cThere\u2019s a need for that in this town, a definite need.\u201d The Planning and Zoning Department received the application on Oct. 5. The plans are to divvy up a three-acre parcel of land into three lots \u2014 two of about a half-acre, and a third about three-quarters of an acre in size. The remaining parcel \u2014 a little more than an acre of land to the south \u2014 would be donated to the town as open space. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the Board of Selectmen will have to vote on whether or not to accept the donated land, if the application is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The town will also review whether there are any environmental concerns with the donated parcel. The land would be managed by the town Conservation Commission if the town approves the donation, Marconi said. Pandora\u2019s box The affordable home would probably sell for around $211,751, according to the application\u2019s affordable housing declaration. Szentkuti said the affordable home would be restricted to a family making a maximum of $98,300 per year. The application was filed under the affordable housing law because it allows them to get around the town\u2019s two-acre lot size restrictions in the residential neighborhood, he confirmed. Under the 8-30g affordable housing law, the state allows developers to circumvent local zoning restrictions. In exchange, the developer agrees to set aside 30% of the available housing units as affordable homes for 40 years. But Marconi characterized the development as \u201copening Pandora\u2019s box,\u201d because the housing density could change the character of the neighborhood. \u201c[The law is] meant to be in areas where you have infrastructure and transportation\u201d \u2014 including sewer systems, he told The Press. He raised concern about the long-term reliability of using septic systems for higher-density housing. Each of the homes proposed at Great Hill Road would have its own well and septic system, according to the application. The three houses would each have a two-car garage, and share an access road that would be built as part of the project. The file does not say how much the two market-rate homes would be listed for, but Szentkuti indicated both would be entry-level homes. The smaller land parcels would also keep the price down, he said. \u201cUnfortunately the land value in this town is so expensive, that the house has to reflect that,\u201d Szentkuti told The Press. \u2018Third party\u2019 Under the plan\u2019s affordable housing declaration, the developer \u201cmay identify a third party administrator\u201d to ensure the home\u2019s affordability plan is followed \u2014 which may include the Ridgefield Housing Authority. There was a house on the lot previously, but it has since been removed, the application shows. The affordable home would be built not far from where the original house that was torn down once stood. If a buyer purchases the home and resells it within 40 years, the home must still be sold to someone meeting the 60% state median income, the declaration states. If the residents\u2019 income goes up over the 60% threshold, they would have to give notice and move out within 60 days. Schedule Szentkuti said residents he\u2019s talked to about the plan have been positive, adding that the planned homes match the size and style of the house that was there before. A public hearing on the application has been set for Dec. 18. Planning and Zoning Director Richard Baldelli said on Oct. 9 that the fact that the town does not currently have an engineer \u2014 Charlie Fisher retired in late August \u2014 is part of the delay in bringing the application to a public hearing. The town has hired Bryan Nesteriak of B&B Engineering in Seymour to review the application. \u201cThis is the first time you\u2019ll be getting a subdivision 8-30g, and we want to make sure we do it correctly,\u201d Baldelli told the Planning and Zoning Commission. Szentkuti said he hopes to have the project completed by June if it\u2019s approved by the commission.