Gated community proposed for Aspetuck Ridge Road
Published 5:56 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A long-stalled active adult community is again before the Zoning Commission in New Milford.
Approved in 2005 by zoners as a 68-unit project on Aspetuck Ridge Road, the community has never been developed.
Now, the new owner of the 140-acre site has an application before the commission to construct a 64-unit, active adult community.
To be called The Sycamores, it would consist of 34 buildings -- 30 duplexes and four single detached houses.
All units would sit west of Aspetuck Ridge Road and Wells Road and on the east side of the Aspetuck River. The community would be gated.
A private road to be called Timothy Lane would be installed as the main access from Aspetuck Ridge Road, approximately 200 feet south of Wells Road.
There would be a horseshoe-shaped drive from Timothy Lane through the community.
A gated emergency access road is also proposed on Aspetuck Ridge Road, approximately 480 feet north of the main access.
A traffic study done in June by Traffic Engineering Solutions finds the "intersection site distances" from Timothy Lane will be "greater" than state Department of Traffic requirements for posted speed limits on Aspetuck Ridge Road.
During the early stages of construction, approximately 450 tri-axle truck trips over several months would be required to remove soil materials, the engineering study shows.
Howard Lavitt, the managing member of the five limited partnerships that own the property, could not be reached for comment.
The application was submitted under the ownership name of ARE Development Corp, LLC.
The units would be served by individual septic systems and by United Water.
A 60-foot-wide, landscaped buffer is planned along the 1,775 feet of frontage on the property, with natural existing topography to provide the buffers for the New Milford Tennis & Swim Club, which the development would surround on three sides.
Tennis & Swim Club owner Dinesh Rajagopalan declined comment at this time.
The Inland Wetlands Commission approved the project with conditions on June 9.
The fire marshal's office gave approval on June 8.
A public hearing is underway before the Zoning Commission. The next hearing date is June 28 at 7 p.m. in the Brickley Room at Town Hall.