- APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 & 15 Salemme Lane. The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components. Sixty apartments are proposed. There will be 18 Affordable Units. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (Continued from the February 21, 2017 meeting.)
(Definition of an 8-30G development)
This is a controversial proposal because there is disagreement whether or not it is ok to submit/pursue affordable housing in this zone. It would be part of the TODD (train station) overlay but it IS a separate project.
A traffic engineer was first to take the podium. He read a list of traffic concerns that had previously been discussed and, in short noted that many factors depended upon what would happen when the Orange Train Station was up and running, which would change the timing of traffic light cycles etc. The Orange Police Traffic Commission would have to approve or deny right turn on red changes at existing business driveways on Marsh Hill Road.
Commission Chairman Beau Clark said he did not feel that there was enough information to consider the traffic study “complete.”
Jeff Gordon planner and engineer for the project then spoke on his area of expertise. He argued that the Commission’s take on Light Industrial and residential zones make it impossible for anyone to build in Orange. “We think this project stands on its own merits,” Gordon said.
Judy Smith said the building should either be residential with no retail, or Gordon should go through the TODD process if he want s to include retail in his plan.
The discussion on this project will be continued to the next TP&ZC meeting. The Commission considers the area a Light Industrial 2 Zone which would prohibit this type of development.
Clark said, “This commission works hard on its regulations and protecting the Light Industrial area. We learn from our experiences.”
He added that Orange is not against affordable housing.