Sun Valley Glen developer wants to rezone property for cluster housing

Monroe Town Hall, photo by John Babina

MONROE, CT — The developer for Sun Valley Glen, a proposal for a nine lot single family subdivision on just over 30 acres at 1536 and 1564 Monroe Turnpike, came before the Planning and Zoning Commission’s regulations subcommittee Monday evening.

Attorney Christopher Russo told subcommittee members the property is in an RF-2 zone and the property below it is in a Recreational Residence District (an RR). His client wants to rezone his property as an RR.

But rather than an RR, Russo said cluster housing would allow the same use without requiring the property to be served by public water.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Kathleen Gallagher told subcommittee members gathered around a table in the land use area of Monroe Town Hall that cluster housing allows a developer to build on smaller lots with the condition that a portion of the land be preserved as open space.

The property is owned by John Mangieri. Michael Czesnowski of Jans Land Developers previously brought an application before the Inland Wetlands Commission.

Though members of the public spoke against the plan, a presentation was never given and the developer withdrew the application.

Gallagher said this is because she asked the developer to come to the subcommittee to discuss the potential zone change first.

“I’d like to do a site visit,” Commissioner Robert Westland said.

Chairman Michael O’Reilly said he would be okay with a cluster housing district, but Commissioner Leon Ambrosey and Nicole Lupo, a commission alternate, joined Westlund in wanting a site visit.

Once the issue is resolved, a new application would have to come before the Inland Wetlands Commission and if it is approved, an application would come before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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  1. Regarding the proposed Sun Valley Glen article. The article implies that the existing zoning RF-2 would require it to be served by public water, it does not. All the homes in the area have wells, and the neighborhood residents are concerned that this development would overdraft the ground water and impact their wells. If the zoning were to be changed to RR, the lots could be smaller, thus creating a greater stress on the overdraft of ground water.

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