The developers of Litchfield Crossings shopping plaza received good news Tuesday from the New Milford Zoning Commission.

An entrance/exit driveway was approved for the planned mall at 169 Danbury Road (Route 7), going from the plaza site onto Dodd Road to the north.

Delivery and service trucks entering the plaza will have to use the Route 7 entrance and the egress site will allow a left turn only from the plaza onto Dodd Road.

With that decision by zoners, the ball is now in the State Traffic Commission's court whether to approve a traffic light at the Dodd Road/Route 7 intersection.

"We appreciate the town's cooperation in this," said plaza developer Paul Scalzo, "and its support of new development that we think makes sense for the town."

Scalzo's company, Danbury Road Developers, has been facing a major obstacle in further developing and opening the 282,000-square-foot shopping center at the site across from the Stop & Shop/Walmart plaza.

Via earlier zoning and Traffic Authority approval, Scalzo had to reach an agreement with the owner of the across-the-street plaza, Willing Biddle, for entrance/exit improvements to his plaza.

Improvements to both sites were required in order for Litchfield Crossings to have one large driveway accessing Route 7.

"This is a wonderful thing," said Vin Nolan, Economic Development supervisor for the town. "They still have to go back to the State Traffic Commission and see what actions interested third parties will take."

"But it gives them the opportunity to complete the project on their own volition," he concluded.

-- Susan Tuz