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Hearing Set on Affordable Housing

The town Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing in September to give residents a chance to comment on a recent application for development that would include affordable housing submitted to the town. First Selectman Thomas Herrmann said the town will weigh the pros and cons and consider the proposal on all its merits.

The application, submitted Saddle Ridge Developers, LLC proposes 33 buildings with 105 homes built on nine lots near the intersection of Routes 136 and 59. Thirty-two of the homes would be set aside as affordable housing. The nearly 125-acre property would be accessed by a new road, called Mane Road, extending from Sport Hill Road through Cedar Hill.

A recent update to the town plan of conservation and development showed that only 0.4 percent of residences in Easton are designated as affordable housing. Hermann said if a town does not have 10 percent designated, a developer may submit an appeal to build additional housing, but must submit an application because the proposal may not meet zoning laws, as is the case in Easton. Over 92 percent of the town has traditionally followed three-acre zoning.

"Despite the natural limitations imposed by its terrain and watershed character, Easton does have a need for affordable and convenient accommodation for those who serve the community in various ways such as civil servants and service trades people as well as for the resident elderly who diversify and enrich the community in many ways," reads the plan.

If approved, the housing would be designated as affordable for a period of 40 years, from the time the first certificate of occupancy is issued.

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