By Lisa Capobianco
The Southington Planning and Zoning Commission has voted unanimously to approve the application a 19-lot residential subdivision on Wonx Spring Road. After months of lawsuits and concerns from local residents, the commission approved the residential subdivision, which will sit on a 33-acre property once owned by manufacturing company Square D. The applicant, Wonk Road Partnership, received approval from the Inland Wetland/Conservation Commission last week.
“We’ve been working diligently to address comments from town staff,” said Land Surveyor and Owner Stephen Giudice of Harry E. Cole & Son who represented the applicant. “I think we’re in pretty good shape.”
The original site application requested for a nine-lot industrial subdivision on Wonx Spring Road, which the commission approved last fall. After residents in the neighborhood expressed concern over safety, traffic and the quality of life, the applicant decided to change its plan, and requested for a zone change from industrial to residential. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5 to 2 in approval of the zone change on Wonx Spring Road last month, after a public hearing.
“This development has had four lawsuits in the past, many of them if not all are still current,” said Town Planner Rob Phillips, at the meeting.
“In this situation, we think this is the best alternative for the town of Southington for the applicant and for the property owners,” said Giudice, during a recent zoning meeting in February.