Assisted living regulations are amended

The Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission passed four resolutions at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 14:


After a lengthy public hearing with several continuances, the commission approved modifying town regulations that would allow greater density for assisted living developments and also altered the formula for providing affordable housing units within. The approval appears to clear the way for the applicant — Senior Living Development of Fairfield — to propose such a project on the property that was formerly Young’s Nurseries on Route 7.

The town’s established regulations restricted assisted living developments to 12 units per acre. This was altered for developments on Danbury Road only, that now are not to exceed 24 units per acre, each of which may not be less than 300 square feet and not more than 600 square feet. The maximum building height was raised from 35 feet to 39 feet, and the minimum number of affordable units was reduced from 20% to 10%.

Rents for half the affordable units would be based on the lesser of 80% of area median income or state median income and for the rest, 60% of area median income or state median income. The area median income — based on Wilton and neighboring towns — is about $133,000, it was said during the hearing. The state median income for one person is $56,468.

Medical offices


Progress on converting a vacant office building into a medical office may presumably move forward now that the commission approved a special permit application for improvements to the property at 241 and 249 Danbury Road and 16 and 22 Cricket Lane.

The improvements include the addition of a third level to the northern section of the building, and modifications to the drainage, accessways, parking areas, lighting, and plantings.

During the public hearing, several commissioners had questions about parking and patient safety. Peter Shiue was concerned about the interaction of pedestrians and cars, particularly with patients — some of whom might be elderly or disabled — being dropped off at the entrance. Casey Healy, attorney for the applicant, Danbury Road Assoc. LLC, said they would work with planning staff to arrive at a solution.

Franklin Wong said he was concerned about the parking lot, which has a sharp turn at the entrance from Danbury Road. He also thought there would be traffic at the drop-off area.

In issuing its approval, the commission required the addition of bollards, which are short posts used to divert traffic, in the pickup/drop-off area, stop bars, and flush curbing to accommodate wheelchair-accessible parking.

Subdivision


Finally, the commission approved a two-lot re-subdivision of a 12-acre parcel at 15 River road submitted by Wilton Campus 1691 LLC. This application was the subject of a public hearing on Oct. 24.