Developer withdraws Sun Valley Glen housing application

MONROE, CT — A developer withdrew a controversial inland wetlands application for Sun Valley Glen, a nine-unit cluster housing community proposed for 1536 and 1564 Monroe Turnpike, but is not giving up on the plan.

During the Inland Wetlands Commission hearing on the application, residents against the plan expressed concerns over their wells, water quality and wildlife and insisted vernal pools and other wetlands habitats exist on the property.

The plan included a new road called Sun Valley Drive to connect the site to Route 111 at Old Zoar Road, and a drainage system with two detention basins to detain, treat and infiltrate collected stormwater runoff.

In a letter to the town on March 7, Jason Edwards, of J. Edwards & Associates, the  engineering and surveying firm hired by the applicant, wrote that they plan to resubmit the application soon.

During the hearing, Planning and Zoning Administrator Kathleen Gallagher noted how the application was running up against statutorily set time limits.

By withdrawing and submitting an application, she said it would reset the clock. However, Gallagher stressed that it would be a brand new application, so any testimony given by the applicant and the public at the previous hearing will no longer be relevant.

All testimony will have to be given again for the new application.

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