Six affordable housing units proposed for Westport Road

Developer Patrick Downend has submitted an application to the Planning & Zoning Commission for permission to build 20 housing units at 44 Westport Road. Six of those would fall under Connecticut’s affordable housing regulations. 

The commission will hear the application on Monday, June 9. In preparation, it has submitted a request for proposals for the services of a civil engineer and a traffic engineer as consultants on the application.

A single-family historic home currently sits on the one-acre property in question.

The developer, Mr. Downend, previously built 39 units of affordable housing on Main Street in Ridgefield in 2012.

Suitable location

According to documents submitted by attorney Casey Healy, representative of 44 Westport Road LLC, the applicant believes the location is suitable for affordable housing for a number of reasons.

Among them, the location is:

  • On a state highway.
  • Across the street from 500,000 square feet of commercial office space.
  • In close proximity to three multi-family developments (Avalon, Wilton Hills, Lambert Commons).
  • On property with no wetlands.
  • Served by town sewer and public water.

In brief, the application says, “The premises is a perfect site for this small, multi-family development that will produce six affordable housing units.”

The developer plans to add 30 parking spaces to the lot as well.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is bringing in the services of engineering consultants to perform a peer review of any information submitted by the applicant, including site plans, drainage, wastewater disposal reports, and all engineering-related addendum materials within the application.

The definiton of affordable housing in Connecticut is a home that costs a resident no more than one-third of the area’s median income for a given municipality.

Wilton last changed its zoning regulations regarding affordable housing in 2012 to require a developer of any project consisting of more than 20 units to make at least 20% of those units affordable.