SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zone change that may allow a 15-house senior subdivision off South End Road.
Approval of the age-restricted cluster house zone on the five-acre property was prompted by a request by local developer Mark Lovley to create a new zone. The zone allows greater density for smaller homes for senior homebuyers looking to downsize.
More than two acres of the property will be open space, according to Sev Bovino, a planner representing Lovley. That land is adjacent to undeveloped town-owned land.
The commission unanimously approved the zone change Tuesday night. Lovley still needs town approval on a site plan for the subdivision before he can begin construction.
Several neighbors spoke about the zone change at Tuesday’s meeting.
Tom Curtiss said the town allowed too many homes on the property, but that the plan did keep green space.
“There’s a need for this type of community,” Curtiss said.
Bovino said the layout of the planned houses was adjusted in response to a request from Curtiss.
Jack Eaton was concerned about increased noise and traffic with 15 more houses off South End Road. He also felt the houses were too big to attract seniors.
“We’re downsizing, we’re not going up to a 1,600 square-foot house,” Eaton said.
Bovino said plantings will screen the development from the road.
The houses will range from 1,440 to 1,600 square feet. Three will be designated “affordable,” according to Bovino.
Commission members spoke in favor of the zone change and plans before voting.
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