An easement, and the parking spaces located within that easement, were a point of contention at Tuesday’s Planning & Zoning hearing on an application to build affordable housing units on Old Danbury Road.
Some of the parking spaces to be built on the site would encroach on town property outside the one-acre lot being purchased by developer Patrick Downend to build apartment-style housing.
“I still don’t sufficiently understand why some of these [spaces] couldn’t be eliminated to reduce the easement,” Commissioner Joe Fiteni said on Tuesday, May 26. “Eliminate some on the east side and increase some on the west side.”
Downend’s attorney, Casey Healy of Gregory and Adams, questioned why the easement was a cause of concern for Fiteni.
“The purpose is to not encumber the property on the other side,” Fiteni said.
Healy also outlined some of the ways the housing units would be regulated by the state’s affordable housing rules.
Healy proposed that the commission approve the housing plan with four units of the housing affordable for someone making 60% of the state’s median income and five units affordable for someone making 80% of the state’s median income.
The commission may decide to reverse those numbers, making five of the units affordable for someone within the 60% category and four units affordable for someone within the 80% category.