A planned multi-unit apartment building in development stages at 44 Westport Rd. (at Dudley Rd.) has neighbors and Wilton residents upset and mobilizing to try and prevent the project from moving forward.
The proposal that was recently submitted to the town by a developer asks to take down the historic single family home at 44 Westport Rd. and build a 20-unit apartment complex with 30 parking spaces on the one-acre lot. The property is abutted by single-family homes in a residential zone that is zoned for one-acre parcels.
Neighbors have begun organizing local support to mount objections to the proposal in front of Wilton’s Planning & Zoning commission. A Facebook page has been created called “Save 44 Westport.” Neighborhood residents have asserted that the developer is trying to “use affordable housing laws” to circumvent local zoning restrictions. In a letter to the Wilton Bulletin published yesterday, Dudley Rd. resident Bob Kettle wrote that should the proposal be approved by Wilton’s P&Z it will set a precedent that might allow at least eight other nearby one-acre parcels to be developed similarly. He warned of a “slippery slope” leading to a possible “chain reaction of similar petitions.”
A hearing will be held by Planning & Zoning on the proposal on June 9. The neighbor-organized Facebook page asks residents to attend the meeting–which is currently scheduled to take place at the Town Hall Annex Room A at 7:15 p.m., but may be moved to the Wilton Library if sizable numbers of people are expected to attend. They also list an address for residents to send letters to the commission (Planning & Zoning Commission, Town Hall Annex, 238 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT 06897).
The neighborhood group has created an email address as well: firstname.lastname@example.org.