- Thursday, December 4, 2014
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.
- Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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.
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
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.
- Friday, November 28, 2014
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.
- Thursday, June 12, 2014
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.
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014
To the Editor:
- Friday, April 11, 2014
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.
- Friday, March 14, 2014
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.
- Monday, December 9, 2013
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has designated as permanent open space an undeveloped area at Fairfield Hills near Wasserman Way.
Following discussion at a recent session, P&Z members unanimously decided to protect as designated open space the areas known as the High Meadow and the East Meadow. The area sometimes is known only as the High Meadow.
- Friday, August 9, 2013
The permanent banner sign at 40 High Bridge Road is in violation of town regulations, according to Land Use Director George Benson, one more “thorn in the side,” according to Ms Pettengill, in dealings with the town that may lead to the demise of the nonprofit organization Make A Home Foundation.