Age restricted housing proposal for Monroe Turnpike heads toward wetlands approval

This drawing by J. Edwards & Associates LLC shows the proposed layout for a 27-unit age restricted condo complex at 1271 Monroe Turnpike.

MONROE, CT — Inland Wetlands Commissioners closed the hearing for a proposal to build 27 units of age restricted housing at 1271 Monroe Turnpike, across from Stevenson firehouse, Wednesday and directed staff to draft a letter of approval for them to vote on at their next meeting.

The condo complex for those age 55 and older would include five buildings with four units each, seven detached units and a small community building where all residents get their mail.

The applicant, 1271 Monroe Turnpike LLC, also needs an approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission to change the 14.9-acre-site from a Residential Farming-2 zone to an ARR zone, allowing a multi-unit age restricted development.

Then the developer would have to come back with a site plan application.

During the Inland Wetlands Commission hearing last week, Larry Edwards, an engineer for the developer, discussed changes made to the wetlands application in response to comments from commissioners and Town Engineer Scott Schatzlein.

Among the changes, the access road was moved approximately 10 feet away from an isolated wetland to increase the buffer, a replacement culvert under the driveway will be built to town standards, and water diverted from a wetland will be restored and then some.

The applicant also included language for a conservation easement.

“I think we addressed all the outstanding items,” Edwards told the commission.

Commissioners agreed and did not recommend any conditions for the approval letter.

During the public comment portion of the hearing, Dorothy Oltra, of Old Zoar Road, expressed her opposition to the plan but declined to get into specifics.

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