To The Editor:
At the Tuesday, March 1 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, AA Denorfia Building and Development presented a special permit application for “open space” and for “conventional” subdivisions at the 51 Loper Street parcel.
After the developer’s presentation, the full house of residents were given an opportunity to comment. The Chairman asked that only those in favor of the “open space”, one third acre parcels speak first, followed by those opposed to the “open space” plan in favor of the “conventional half acre parcel subdivision. It appeared to me that we were given a choice, by the commission, to select either the” open space” option with 72 one third acre parcels or the “conventional subdivision” option with 67 half acre parcels. It was presented as an “either/or” proposition. It seems to me that neither option is in the best interest of the surrounding neighborhood nor the town of Southington.
The “conventional” subdivision, as presented, offers little or no usable open space and a very unappealing layout. The “open space,” as titled, offers more usable open space, but reduces the lot size to one third acre. Why were we given only these two choices? (Bad or Worse).
I believe we should have the authority to request that the applicants go back to the drawing boards and present a plan that is in keeping with the half acre lot size and more usable open space, and fewer lots than the “conventional” ( project like) subdivision as presented by Denorfia.
In short, why can’t we adhere to the current zoning codes and provide an ample “open space” plan with half acre lots, sensible access roads and nicely situated homes?
Kaye Patrick, Southington