Wilton ‘not looking at large developments’ for town properties

WILTON — The town is considering redeveloping two properties — totaling just under four acres — with single-family homes to fall more in line with the neighboring lots.

The town-owned properties, at 7 and 31 New St., adjacent to Danbury Road, account for 1.29 acres and 2.34 acres, respectively. The idea, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice said Monday, is for a possible utilization of the properties into a “gentle” density increase to coincide with nearby single-family properties that account for less than a half-acre to one acre.

Vanderslice clarified that there is no discussion of large-scale, multifamily housing or anything resembling an “apartment building.”

However, no action on the properties is imminent, according to the first selectwoman.

“(Town Planner) Michael Wrinn is finalizing a draft RFQ, then we’ll review it and then we’ll get it out,” Vanderslice said. She added it likely will not happen until 2022. “... We are not looking at large developments.”

In November, the town’s Historic District and Historic Property Commission penned a letter to the town planner, asking that the commission be specifically named in the RFQ and given an opportunity to provide input to the consultant regarding “the historic architecture aspect of the assessment.”

The commission provided historical background of the Georgetown district, the neighborhood in which the properties are located, and asked that the firm “consider the architectural context of the location as strongly as other aspects of the site.”

One aspect of the lots that would dissuade from any moderate-to-large scale building is the lack of sewers in the Georgetown area, something that Wrinn explained to the Housing Committee last month. The first selectwoman echoed those sentiments Monday, explaining that the scale of what could be done is immediately restricted by that fact.

Te first selectwoman believes there is a push for smaller housing on smaller properties in Wilton.

“We dont have enough of that housing,” she said. “We also don’t have enough townhouse-type housing. Certainly if you’ve watched any Planning and Zoning meeting, that is brought up time and time again.”

The potential opportunity to split up the property surrounding the two single-family buildings and rethink the spacing is something that could fill that demand, the first selectwoman said, but nothing is decided yet.

The request, once drafted by Wrinn and reviewed by the town, will be sent out and bid on by a third-party. Once that contractor is brought on and suggests new usage for the land, the town will review it and make a determination.