Cannon Road subdivision is on hold

UPDATE: This story originally published Oct. 28, contains new information.

The application to pursue an eight-lot subdivision on Cannon Road was withdrawn on Thursday, Oct. 27. The request to withdraw was made to the Inland Wetlands Commission in a letter from Gregory & Adams, which represents the property owner, dated the same day.

The letter stated an intention to refile once the applicant has had a chance to address comments and questions posed by the Department of Public Works and Dewberry Engineers, which works as a consultant for the commission.

The application was on the commission’s agenda Thursday, having been continued from its previous meeting on Oct. 13. Because of several previous postponements, the applicant ran out of time to have the hearing continued to the commission’s next regular meeting.

The property owner, LTWJ, LLC, has proposed what is known as a conservation subdivision that would involve building eight homes on about 10 acres of the 55-acre site. The remaining 45 acres, which are primarily wetlands including a roughly four-acre pond, would be set aside in a conservation easement.

The homes would have access to Cannon Road by a dead-end tertiary road, which would eventually be turned over to the town for maintenance.

The comments from field engineer Michael Ahern in the town’s public works department were relayed to Mike Conklin, director of environmental affairs, in a memo dated Oct. 27. Ahern recommended replacing a proposed rain garden and drainage manhole with catch basins and deep sumps for sediment removal and easier town maintenance.

The Dewberry comments included a number of technical items regarding the design documents but also pointed out:

  • A concrete pipe in the Cannon Road right of way appears to be in an area of trees that are noted to be protected. The extent of clearing along Cannon Road is not clear.

  • It is not clear who will be legally responsible for the operations and maintenance of the stormwater management system. It is also not indicated how each eventual landowner will have to maintain the stormwater management system on their lot.

There is an open hearing for this project before the Planning & Zoning Commission, which is also up against time constraints. Casey Healy, attorney for the applicant, said this application will also be withdrawn and resubmitted when the the application for a regulated activity permit is refiled with the Inland Wetlands Commission.