Pond Point housing settlement expected tonight (Tuesday)

At its meeting tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) is expected to vote in favor of a court-ordered settlement for an 8-30g affordable housing application at 86 Pond Point Avenue. Following negotiations between the developer, the project has been reduced in size from 23 to 22 units on 2.7 acres of land.

(Click here for the latest about the P&Z's vote Oct. 20)

The board denied the project from Colberg LLC in December 2013, citing concerns due to traffic and the loss of open space. Colberg appealed the denial to the Superior Court’s Land Use Litigation Docket.

Justice Marshall K. Berger ruled on June 29, 2015, that the P&Z’s reason for denial did not prove the project would create a risk to public health and safety and outweigh the need for affordable housing.

The P&Z board met in executive session on Aug. 18 and Oct. 6 to discuss terms of a settlement. The project will consist of duplex and triplex units, plus the existing house.

If approved by the board, the settlement returns to the Litigation Docket at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the court, 95 Washington Street, Hartford, for final approval by the judge. That step would be considered a mere formality, following agreement by the P&Z and Colberg LLC. Colberg LLC lists Thomas Colucci of 305 West Main Street, Milford, as its manager.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium.

The board will conduct a public hearing on a new 8-30g application for a proposed eight unit affordable housing development at 1613 New Haven Avenue. Charles Gagliardi of West Haven purchased the 0.43-acre property for  $201,000 in June 2012 under the name Seaview Cove LLC, which lists him as the sole member.

The vacant property is located in an R-12.5 zone, which is a single-family zone, between Anderson Avenue and the Oyster River.