A new development currently is before the Town Plan and Zoning Commission that would breathe new life into the Woodbridge Village area. Attorney John Knuff, representing Woodbridge Village Associates, made a presentation for the zoning board via Webex on November 2, asking for revisions to the zoning regulations in order to allow revised plans for the corner of Litchfield Turnpike and Bradley Road to go forward.
The parcel of about 15 acres – parts of it north of Bradley Road, parts of it to the south, is the site for an approved Active Adult community known as Woodbridge Village Estates, which was approved back in 2008 and never built. Attorney Knuff said his client would like to sell the southern parcel to Eclipse Development, which is under contract to purchase the 8+ acres, develop the property and lease it to New England Brewing, which is currently located off of Amity Road and is looking for a new home.
However, since Woodbridge Village Estates was approved in 2008, the town has reworked its Plan of Conservation and Development and has updated its zoning regulations. In the new zoning regs, active adult communities are listed under permitted uses, but no zone has been assigned to it, Knuff said. The property owner would like to make sure that the regs would allow for development of some 46 units of active adult housing across the street from the proposed brewery.
For instance, the 2008 approval was for a parcel of at least 10 acres, which the northern parcel in and by itself would not meet; the original approval also included some storefront facades, which would not mesh with the townhouses.
“It’s a straightforward application,” the attorney said. “We need the amendment [to the zoning regs] because now it is not permitted whatsoever. The amendment puts us back in the shoes where we were in 2008.” The drawing he submitted for a potential development on the north side was taken from the originally approved project. He did not say that development was imminent, rather that the development of the southern parcel is tied to his options of developing the northern parcel.
In the meantime, Eclipse Development has applied for, and was granted, several variances to a development plan for the brewery on the corner of Bradley Road and Litchfield Turnpike. A formal application to the zoning commission is due to follow in December, he said.
The hearing was continued to the December 7 regular meeting. Comments from the public can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered on Webex during the hearing.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent