The Town of Wilton has received an application for a new multi-unit residential development that a developer hopes to build in Wilton Center. The application is being submitted under section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes–commonly referred to as “the affordable housing statute.”
The application of the site development plan was submitted for approval to Planning and Zoning by Gregory and Adams attorney J. Casey Healy on behalf of Three Hubbard Rd. LLC.
The proposal appears on the agenda for the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for next Monday evening, Jan. 27, and the application is scheduled to be accepted at that meeting.
The plan proposes to construct a three-story, 17-unit apartment building that would contain three 3-bedroom apartments and 14 2-bedroom apartments set on 1.27 acres at 3 Hubbard Rd., near the intersection of Hubbard Rd. and Old Ridgefield Rd..
There is one multi-family building that already exists on the property–an apartment building known as IVE Wilton Center (formerly the Wilton Arms Apartments). The application explains that the owner is seeking to build a second building in the rear of the property.
Because the application is being made under section 8-30g, the developer does not need to comply with zoning regulation limits or requirements. For example, any limits on the building height or density (number of units) for the property are essentially not applicable.
As such, the new building would increase several elements on the property:
- square footage of floor area would almost double, from an existing 20,800 sq. ft. to 40,731 sq. ft.
- Total site coverage would grow from 48.8% to 63%
- The peak building height would rise from 38 feet of the current building to 39 ft. 6 in., the height of the proposed new building
However, the application says that the development complies with the most recent Plan of Conservation and Development for the Wilton Center zoning district:
“The Town Plan states that the Wilton Center is the Town’s highest-priority development area; containing a mix of retailers, restaurants, public institutions, offices and multi-family housing … The construction of additional apartments in the WC Zone will contribute to the vitality of Wilton Center.”
According to the application, “Fifteen percent (two units) shall be offered for rent to families whose income is less than or equal to 60% of the area or statewide median income, whichever is less. Fifteen percent (three units) of the homes shall be offered to families whose income is less than or equal to 80% of the area or statewide median income, whichever is less.”
The 8-30g statute states that if a municipality does not have 10% of its available housing options determined to be affordable, then a developer who proposes a project with affordable housing units can challenge any denial of an application. The only grounds on which a town can try to justify its denial is if it can show the development is a threat to public health and safety.
Wilton had a moratorium on affordable housing development requirements, but that expired on Dec. 28, 2019. As a result of the moratorium being lifted, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice has said she expects the number of developers pursuing projects under 8-30g statutes in Wilton to increase.
GOOD Morning Wilton asked Vanderslice for a comment about this application for 3 Hubbard Rd., and she emailed the following: “Without speaking to the details of the application, residents have expressed a preference that multi-family development occur within and around Wilton Center. As such, I hope the developer and the Town can work in a friendly manner towards the goal of a project that meets both of our needs.”
Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story inadvertently left out information about additional affordable units available. There are a total of five units available.