P&Z Roundup: Historic homes, Jersey Mike's and Gold Shore Cross-Fit

The Wilton Planning & Zoning Commission voted to approve a subdivision application filed by Colleen Fawcett to subdivide her land at 27 Redding Road at its Monday, Jan. 13, meeting. 

Ms. Fawcett sought to subdivide land on Redding Road in order to protect the two historic homes that sit on the Georgetown property. The subdivision was supported by the Georgetown Historical Society, and met with no public opposition.

Jersey Mike’s

Commissioners at Monday’s meeting questioned the reliability of three parking studies conducted by the Jersey Mike’s franchise in regard to its request for a parking waiver at its proposed 33 Danbury Road site.

One of the studies was performed on a weekend, and another was performed during the “coldest day in 40 years,” Commissioner Chris Hulse noted, which caused concern.

Because the franchise seeks to change the zoning of its site from design retail business to fast food business, regulations require the store to have 14 dedicated parking spaces. The franchise is seeking a waiver to allow it to operate with just eight dedicated spaces.

Commissioners heard from Zach Helms, the owner of a business in a shopping center next to the proposed site, who said during public comment that a parking situation already exists. He argued that the commission should not issue a waiver for the property.

“At any given time, there will be between five and 10 unauthorized vehicles parked in the lot next door,” he said.

Mr. Hulse asked the planning board staff to prepare a resolution for the commission’s Jan. 28 meeting, when the commission will vote on the waiver.

Gold Shore Cross-fit

More than 15 members of the Fawn Ridge Condominium community were on hand at Monday’s meeting to offer comment on a special permit application by Gold Shore Cross-Fit to open a storefront at 22 Danbury Road.

This address, formerly Hitchcock Furniture, has been unoccupied for six years, and shares a driveway with Fawn Ridge.

Residents complained that the driveway, which runs through land owned by 22 Danbury Road, is already dangerous and crowded without the addition of a gym facility.

Both the attorney for Gold Shore, Casey Healy, and for the condominium owners, Barbara Hager, requested that the discussion be continued to Jan. 28.