Decision on Lake Compounce excavation postponed

Decision on Lake Compounce excavation postponed


SOUTHINGTON — A Planning and Zoning Commission vote on excavation work at Lake Compounce was postponed until early next month.

Although amusement park officials have released few details about their plans, neighbors are concerned about the park expanding closer to their homes, including effects on drainage and wells.

Town Planner Rob Philips said Lake Compounce requested the postponement and didn’t provide a reason.

The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Park officials filed an application to remove 61,000 yards of dirt from the 8-acre parcel “for potential amusement park expansion, parking area or picnic area.” No plans have been filed.

Mike Boissonneault, a property owner on Panthorn Trail, said he doesn’t have issues with the park now but is concerned about expansion.

“I’m afraid of what they’re going to do next,” he said.

He and another Panthorn Trail resident, Joseph Seremet, said they haven’t yet been contacted by park officials about the company’s plans.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Seremet said.

Last month, planning commissioners pressed amusement park representatives on details of any expansion.

“That’s not part of this application,” said Andrew Quirk, an engineer representing Lake Compounce.

Festival Fun Parks LLC bought the property on the west side of Mount Vernon Road, south of the lake, for $400,000 from Briarwood Real Estate Limited, the company that owns the Lincoln College of New England property across the street. The purchased land is zoned residential, R-40 and R-80, as is the land where Lake Compounce is located. according to Philips.

Amusements, parking lots or picnic areas are allowed in R-40 and R-80 zones but are subject to a special permit application, Philips said, which includes public hearings and zoning board approval. 203-317-2230 Twitter: @JBuchananRJ

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