2014 wasn’t eight days old before Bethany had it’s 2nd 830(g) application. At the corner of Peck Rd and Route 63 is a 1 ½ acre lot. Proposal 2014-002 is asking to put a 3-unit apartment building, classed as affordable housing on that same piece of ground. Under present zoning regulations, building apartment houses or exceeding the housing density as this applicant seeks, is not permitted. Acceding to this request sets a very dangerous precedent. Once this sort of application is permitted, Planning & Zoning will have to permit practically any other type of building or development, 830(g) or not. The housing market is heating up. If P&Z allows this exception, a 6-unit or 12-unit apartment complex will not be far behind. Pretty soon, some developer will be petitioning to allow the construction of Bethany Towers. The public hearing on this has been continued to April 2nd, 7:15 at Town Hall. Please come to the hearing and speak your mind.
DON’T FORGET!! The Planning & Zoning Commission is holding the Public Hearing about the Green Haven proposal to build 30 units of duplex or triplex housing on the former Halter farm on February 26, 2014. The hearing begins at 7:00 pm in the gym at the Town Hall. TELL THE SPECIAL INTERESTS NO!! This is the first step that will turn Bethany into a city. The proposed zoning change could mean 60 families on 33 acres which is presently zoned for only 10 families. This zoning change will open the town to increased development. There are 45 larger parcels of undeveloped land in Bethany. If they were all built up to the proposed density it would increase Bethany’s population by 6900 people. That development can occur not only on the larger parcels in town but also on much smaller pieces of ground. Condos, apartment buildings and high rises are not far in the future, if this is allowed to pass. COME TO THE MEETING. Stand up and SPEAK YOUR MIND! Tell Green Haven to go ruin someone else’s town!!
DON’T FORGET!! The Planning & Zoning Commission is holding the Public Hearing about the Green Haven proposal to build 30 units of duplex or triplex housing on the former Halter farm on February 12, 2014. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at Town Hall. The proposed zoning change could mean 60 families on 33 acres which is presently zoned for only 10 families. This zoning change would open the town to increased development. There are 45 larger parcels of undeveloped land in Bethany. If they were all built up to the proposed density it would increase Bethany’s population by 6440 people. COME TO THE MEETING. Stand up and speak your mind. Tell these special interests NO!!
On Monday, January 26 at 7:30 in the Town Hall, the Inland Wetlands Commission will hold a Public Hearing concerning the Green Haven Project. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m and the Public Hearing will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Green Haven Inc., is back with a new proposal to build 30 duplex and triplex units plus community & utility buildings on 30 acres. This will mean approximately 60 families will reside on the former Halter property, which is watershed and so is zoned to allow at most 10 families in 10 dwellings. Besides the density increase in the latest proposal, this one differs from the previous one by including an affordable housing component. Bethany has only wells and septic systems. This kind of density will tax the water supply and will likely pollute the ground water. Please write to the Planning & Zoning Commission, 40 Peck Rd, Bethany, CT 06524 urging the Commission to defeat this proposal. If this housing development is built, Bethany will be well on its way to becoming a city.
When time expired before all Bethany residents could offer testimony about the Green Haven Inc. project proposal at the April 3 meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission recessed the meeting until April 17 to ensure all residents who wished to be heard could provide the board with their point of view.
Provided below are links to testimony from Bethany residents who spoke out against the project during the April 17 meeting:
Patricia Stewart (reading a letter written by Thelma Lumpkin)
With thanks to Pua Ford, click here for video from the Planning & Zoning Commission public meeting held on April 3, 2013.
The Public Hearing regarding this zoning change has been continued to April 17, at 7:30 at Town Hall. Please come and speak your mind. You can download the actual text of the proposed zoning change here: Download the regulation