Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Future Development of Fort Hill Farm Moves Ahead

By Ken Davison

Montville´s Planning and Zoning Commission approved changes in their zoning regulations yesterday which could mean a massive residential development on the land abutting the Mohegan elder housing complex.

By a vote of 6-1 yesterday, the commission agreed to amend their regulations to create a housing opportunity development zone, possibly allowing for affordable housing on the 20-acre parcel of land.

The property had recently been up for sale for several years but the Tribe did not purchase the property. The proposal to the Planning and Zoning Commission was made by Vizion Enterprise to build 286 units on that parcel, of which 30% of the units would be affordable housing.

According to Vizion Enterprise´s presentation, four percent of the town of Montville´s housing is currently considered affordable housing while the state´s goal is 10% for each community. The property is described as being between 1710 and 1856 Norwich-New London Turnpike (Route 32) in Uncasville.

While the Planning and Zoning Commission´s vote approved the creation of an affordable-housing zone, the next step will be for the town to vote on the actual development.