Update: Appeal of Bic Drive affordable housing still pending

Appeal of a city denial of an affordable housing apartment complex on Bic Drive is still pending.
The history
A 2014 state moratorium on 8-30g affordable housing projects prompted the P&Z to unanimously reject acceptance of the application for a 257-unit apartment building with an affordable component at 460 Bic Drive at its July 1, 2014 meeting.

The board rejected the application because the proposal did not meet the criteria for the Office District (OD), which only allows one single-family home on the 7.69-acre property.

In response to that rejection, Attorney Thomas Lynch filed an appeal with Land Use Litigation Docket, which is a special branch of the Superior Court designed to hear 8-30g appeals, to force the board to accept the application and conduct a public hearing.

The proposal returned in Jan. 20, 2015 when the moratorium expired. The board hosted three public hearings on the project, one in January and two in February, which drew concerns from both industrial and residential neighbors.

The board rejected the plan at its April 7 meeting, citing safety concerns, which had been raised by neighbors. Concerns included low water pressure for domestic use and fire protection, restricted vehicle access, an increase in traffic at Bic Drive and Naugatuck Avenue, and blasting that could endanger the Iroquois gas pipeline that crosses the site.

At the board’s Aug. 18 meeting, Lynch announced the planned court hearing on Sept. 4 contesting the July 1, 2014 rejection was being withdrawn, since the board had conducted the January and February public hearings. Lynch said the appeal of the board’s April 7, 2015 project denial is still active and pending.