Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Traffic Issues Raised On Major Hawleyville Development Project

    A major Hawleyville development proposal, which would include a 180-unit multifamily housing complex, a diner, and a church on land off Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has drawn many traffic-related questions and comments from residents of that area.

    Those residents spoke at a heavily attended August 20 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting that included two public hearings on different aspects of the development project proposed for land near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

  • P&Z Approves River Walk Condo Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    Following discussion at an August 20 meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved the construction of the River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, a 65-unit condominium complex planned for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River.

    Voting in favor of the housing project were P&Z Chairman Robert Mulholland and members Michael Porco, Sr, Jim Swift, Frank Corigliano, and Fredrick Taylor.

  • Major Hawleyville Project Considered

    Representatives for a local church were scheduled to meet with town land use officials on July 9 at a “pre-application meeting” to discuss aspects of the church’s major mixed-use proposal to construct a new church, a large multifamily housing complex, and some commercial space on acreage in Hawleyville. The site is located west of Hawleyville Road (Route 25) and south of the Exit 9 off-ramp for eastbound Interstate 84.

  • Mulholland Elected To Second Term As P&Z Chairman

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)  held its annual election of officers on March 19, naming Republican Robert Mulholland of Sandy Hook to a second one-year term as the agency’s chairman.

    Mr Mulholland had served as the panel’s vice chairman before first becoming its chairman more than a year ago.

    Named to a second one-year term as vice chairman was Republican Michael Porco, Sr.

  • Building Wealth For Newtown

    As town and school budgetmakers assemble the 2015-16 budget line item by line item, they are girding themselves for upcoming hearings on their spending plans, beginning with a February 3 hearing on the school budget. Newtown residents — at least those residents who vote in budget referendums — seem to think their tax burden is heavy enough. They traditionally balk at tax rate increases of anything more than a percent or so. No matter how well crafted or justified school and town budgets may be, they are a hard sell.

  • Developers Gone Wild

    To the Editor:

    Do you know who is crafting the most radical change to Newtown’s zoning regulations? A developer! That’s right. The lawyer for Mr Papageorge (a developer actively seeking to change zoning regulations on Newtown land parcels he wants to imminently develop) sat side by side with Newtown’s Director of Planning at a P&Z meeting on 12/4/14 and helped him field questions about the proposed MUMI-10 zoning. Really?!

  • The Community Has Spoken On Housing At FFH

    To the Editor:

    The community forums on residential housing at Fairfield Hills made it very clear that Newtown does not want apartments on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Authority has acknowledged the lack of support for residential units on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Master Plan Review Commission  reported that this is not favored by the community at this time.

  • Preserve At Newtown: Water Supply Issues Dominate P&Z Review Of Subdivision Proposal

    Several Scudder Road area residents, who spoke at a December 18 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing on the proposed Preserve at Newtown 23-lot residential subdivision, stressed they fear that their already unreliable domestic well water supplies would be diminished after new homes are built in that area and start drawing up subterranean water through new wells.

  • Firehouse Plans Under Land Use Agency Review

    Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1, the volunteer fire unit that serves the borough and adjacent areas, has filed plans for its proposed new firehouse for local land use review and action.

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has submitted those plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and comment. The P&Z serves as the borough’s planning agency.

  • Moratorium/Marijuana Rules Proposal Slated For P&Z Public Hearing

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are slated to continue a public hearing on June 5 on a proposal to create new zoning regulations that would allow the agency to place a “moratorium” on certain land use applications.

    Also, P&Z members are proposing applying such a one-year moratorium on the local growing and/or dispensing of “medical marijuana.”