Bridgewater voters will be asked Tuesday to approve a $100,000 legal defense fund to fight a lawsuit brought by New Milford attorney Paul Garlasco and his wife, Hannah Anderson.

A town meeting is set Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on Hut Hill Road.

The lawsuit was filed in Litchfield Superior Court in December 2009. Court records show numerous motions and complaints filed by Mr. Garlasco in the case.

The suit originated with the Zoning Commission's denial of the couple's application to build on property with frontage on an abandoned stretch of Old Town Highway.

The denial was based on the fact the commission does not recognize the 20-acre parcel as a legal building lot, said Eric Knapp, the Zoning Commission's attorney in the suit.

The dispute is about whether the lot is, in fact, legal, Mr. Knapp said Wednesday. That determination would hinge on whether the stretch of road the property has frontage on is, in fact, legally still a town road, he explained.

Mr. Garlasco has said he and his wife just want to build and live in the town.

He has made an offer now before the Zoning Commission. Mr. Knapp has a motion pending before the court to dismiss the case to be heard on Oct. 24.

"Our goal is to put enough money in the legal account to show Mr. Garlasco that we are serious about our zoning laws," said Bridgewater First Selectman Bill Stuart. "We may or may not spend all of the $100,000. What isn't spent will go back into the General Fund."