Affordable Housing application is withdrawn

An application to build 20 units of high-density housing at 44 Westport Road has been withdrawn, Town Planner Bob Nerney said today, June 20.

As such, a public hearing on the 44 Westport Road application scheduled for Monday, June 23 has been canceled.

The applicant, Patrick Downend, plans to submit a new application regarding the property some time in the near future, Mr. Nerney said.

Though he said the Planning & Zoning Commission has the authority to decide when a public hearing on a future application would take place, Mr. Nerney said he expects it would be placed on the docket no earlier than Labor Day.

Casey Healy, attorney for Mr. Downend, said Friday afternoon the applicant’s team was still working on engineering and traffic studies, and was preparing responses to comments and concerns raised by the Planning & Zoning Commission.

He said the team thought it would be “best to withdraw the application and put all of that together to resubmit a more comprehensive package.”

Mr. Downend’s team will not be reducing the number of units included in the new application.

Staff Report

A staff report issued to the applicant in early June — after he submitted his initial application — enumerated the planning & zoning department’s 51 concerns over the project.

Among those concerns were:

• The development’s call for a density level 20 times greater than the currently allowable development density.

• A lack of access to the site by public transit, and limited linkage to commercial districts.

• That over-development of a property can cause increased run-off, endangering natural resources like wetlands.

• The potential inability for large and heavy trucks, like fire engines and garbage vehicles, to easily access the site.

• An estimated wait time for drivers attempting to turn left from Dudley onto Westport Road of 2 minutes and 20 seconds, that may require the tenant speak with Wilton police about installing a traffic signal at the intersection.

• A lack of adequately sized recreation areas for children and adults.