NORTH HAVEN — The Planning and Zoning Commission last week narrowly approved a change to zoning regulations that will allow more senior housing on Clintonville Road.
The zone change application filed by attorney Timothy Lee, who is representing Vigliotti Construction, asked the commission to rezone Pieper’s Farm for senior housing.
Lee said his client intends to build a new housing complex, which would not exceed 120 apartments and would be available to those 55 and older.
The 13.3-acre property at 343 Clintonville Road (Route 22) is currently zoned residential.
The commission had previously delayed the decision to consult with town safety officials about the impact on emergency services. The commission voted 3 to 2 on Monday 1 to approve the change.
“Because of the fact that at least my questions were answered from both the first selectman and the fire (chief) saying the fire (chief) no longer has any concerns, I will make a motion to approve this application,” vice chairman Ron Penton said during the meeting.
Vigliotti Construction also owns Tuscan Villa, 401 Clintonville Road, a senior housing complex adjacent to Pieper’s Farm. Two other senior housing complexes, Regency Meadows and Stevens Woods, are located on Clintonville Road.
In February, the commission postponed a vote due to concerns that the fire department — which has been vocal about not having adequate resources — would be stretched too thin by another multiple-story apartment complex in town.
Since then, the first selectman and fire chief both responded in writing that the commission did not need to base its decision on those concerns.
In the letter, Freda explained that he reviews calls for service numbers and projected changes with Fire Chief Paul Januszewski every year. Due to the most recent projections, the town plans to add two additional new firefighters this fiscal year and two more each year for the next three years.
“My goal is to continue to bring new development into town for review by the commission which will be designed to deliver incremental revenue to help pay for additional resources to improve the town,” Freda wrote in the letter, which was submitted to commission chairman Vern Carlson on Feb. 27.
Commission members Theresa Ranciato-Viele and James Giulietti still voted against the zone change, citing opposition to the location and lack of affordable housing in the proposal. Lee previously agreed to offer up to 10 percent of the units as affordable housing. Giulietti said he’d like to see closer to 20 percent.
“I'm not in favor of another apartment building, but if you're going to do it, I think a portion of it should be affordable,” Giulietti said Monday.
Ranciato-Viele said residents have been asking for affordable housing options for seniors and agreed a larger number of units should be affordable.
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