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  • MUNI-10: Boring But Important

    Wading into the alphabet soup of Newtown’s zoning regulations can be hazardous to your wakefulness. But as the Planning and Zoning Commission seeks to move beyond its legally precarious AHD with a MUMI-10 as a buffer against the state’s AHAA, which ultimately led to a court-ordered approval in 2011 of an MIHD in Sandy Hook Center, one distinct message emerges from the accumulating jumble of acronyms: Newtown is trying very hard to stay alert to its obligations to provide a wider variety of affordable housing stock to its residents.

  • P&Z Considers Creating New Multifamily Zoning Rules

    In anticipation of a developer pursuing the construction of a multifamily complex, including an affordable housing component, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is continuing its review of the proposed Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Overlay Zone (MUMI-10), a land use zone and accompanying zoning rules that would be used to better regulate such growth.

  • Housing At Fairfield Hills

    In the ten years since Newtown purchased the state-owned property that served Connecticut for more than 60 years as a psychiatric hospital, the evolution of 186-acre campus at Fairfield Hills has been mostly municipal. The site is now the seat of Newtown’s government. Attempts to stimulate commercial interest there, however, have sputtered. The one notable exception was the opening of the 86,000-square-foot Newtown Youth Academy in 2008. But now, there is even talk of an eventual town takeover of that facility as well.

  • Housing Is Neither Needed Nor Wanted At FHH

    To the Editor:

    This Saturday’s upcoming “discussion” about residential development at Fairfield Hills (2 pm at RIS) has nothing to do with economic development or the need for local rental units for Newtown. Many residents already know that it would require commercial development akin to one Sand Hill Plaza to mitigate our tax mill rate an iota.

  • Multifamily Complexes: December 4 Hearing Set On Mixed-Income Housing

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on a proposed overlay zone intended for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component.

    The proposed zone is known as the Mixed-Use Mixed-Income-10 (MUMI-10) zone, reflecting its provisions for mixed land uses, mixed income levels of its residents, and a 10-acre minimum site size.

  • Water Issues On The Preserve Top Residents’ Subdivision Concerns

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing a range of concerns from residents who attended a November 20 public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown, a 23-lot residential subdivision proposed for Dodgingtown.

    Those concerns include the potential for damage to existing domestic well-water supplies, increased traffic flow, and high construction densities.

  • A Neighborhood We All Want To Visit

    The streets have names like Old Farm Road, Washington Square Street, Fairfield Circle, Primrose Street, and Loop Lane. It sounds like a nice neighborhood, except no one lives there.

  • A Change Of Heart At FFH With No Public Debate

    To the Editor:

  • P&Z Approves Hawleyville Resubdivision

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), in its role as the town’s planning agency, has approved a resubdivision of land at 176 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    At an April 3 session, P&Z members unanimously approved an application from Toll CT III, Limited Partnership. P&Z members decided that the application is consistent with the town’s resubdivision regulations and also with the terms of BPO (Business Professional Office) zoning. The approval takes effect on April 14.

  • P&Z Slates Hearings On Church Hill Road Gas Station Property Redevelopment

    At an upcoming session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are scheduled to discuss the commercial redevelopment of 67 Church Hill Road with the proposed construction of a new gas station/convenience store there.

    The P&Z meeting is slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 20, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    The one-acre parcel on the western corner of Church Hill Road and Edmond Road currently holds a decaying structure that formerly was a Shell gas station/convenience store.