EASTON, Conn. The project by Saddle Ridge Developers will be put on hold after the Conservation Commission voted to deny its application Tuesday. The applicant still has a proposal on the table in Planning and Zoning but cannot complete its project as is without approval from the Conservation Commission.
Saddle Ridge Developers LLC has proposed a 99-unit subdivision for a 124.7-acre lot between Sport Hill Road and Cedar Hill Road with nine separate lots. The parcel contains 28.2 acres of wetlands.
If Planning and Zoning approves the application, Saddle Ridge Developers could amend its project to appease the Conservation Commission or amend it so there are no activities in the commission's regulated areas.
The Conservation Commission denied the application because of unreasonably high density, high wastewater discharges and nitrogen loading from 99 septic systems, inadequacies in the storm water control plan, the effectiveness of using pavers, introduction of the water supply line, maintenance and management by separate homeowners associations and the drinking water management plan.
The decision was sent Friday to interested parties.
In January 2009, the Conservation Commission voted to approve Saddle Ridge Developers' proposal for 21 units. Michael Klein, a soil scientist, said in a letter to the Coalition to Save Easton , "The March 4, 2011, plans for Saddle Ridge Village are not the same as those that were approved in 2009 by the Easton Conservation Commission. The change in the intensity of the proposed land use, as well as the substantial increase in disturbance of land draining to the wetlands, creates a high likelihood of indirect impacts to wetlands that were not considered in the agency's original proceedings."
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