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Town Officials: No Permit Needed To Operate West Road Home As ‘Sober House’

Responding to concerns voiced by neighbors, town officials said this week that no special or health permit is required for a single-family home in northern New Canaan to be used as a residence for men recovering from addiction. After consulting with legal counsel as well as New Canaan’s chief building official and health director, the town planner said in a memo issued Wednesday that a “sober house” at an upper West Road home “is a permitted use and may operate at that location.”

A two-year lease has been signed on behalf of a group called The Lighthouse, effective this month, to operate out of an 8,000-square-foot home that sits on more than four acres, officials said. According to its website, The Lighthouse “is a premier residential facility for male executives and professionals who are transitioning from addiction treatment into a life of sober living.” It’s not an addiction treatment or rehab center, according to its brochure, and residents must be “completely detoxed and medically cleared by a doctor” to live in a Lighthouse residence, and typically stay 90 days, the website said. According to its brochure, eight men may live in a sober house at a given time. It isn’t clear whether The Lighthouse is a for-profit or nonprofit agency, or whether it operates as part of a larger organization. Continue Reading →

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Demolition of Final 18 ‘Old’ Housing Units at Millport Imminent; Plan To Rebuild with 36 New Units by Year’s End

The New Canaan Building Department has received applications to demolish 18 public housing units toward the rear of the large complex that fronts Mill Pond—a signal that plans are underway to complete the final phase of a massive rebuilding project there that started about eight years ago. Once the Millport Avenue project is complete, the New Canaan Housing Authority will have increased the total number of units there from 32 to 112, officials said. The 18 units located “up the hill” at Millport, in the neighborhood’s parlance, will be razed and rebuilt with 36 total apartments, half of which will remain federally defined “public housing” while half will become “affordable housing” under state statutes, according to Scott Hobbs, chairman of the Housing Authority Commission. Those who live currently in those 18 units will move into some of the 73 recently completed apartments, located in new buildings that front Millport Avenue. The town issued Certificates of Occupancy for those new units, and—with an expert’s help—is pursuing a four-year moratorium from a state law that developers may use to skirt local planning decisions. Continue Reading →

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Latest Plan from Hopeful Developer of Roger Sherman Inn: Raze the Historic Building

For the third time since an initial application came in last fall, the hopeful developer of the Roger Sherman Inn property has filed a new proposal for the 1.89-acre Oenoke Ridge Road property—and this one appears to include no plans preserving any of the mid-18th Century structure. Under an application filed last week on behalf of Andrew Glazer of Norwalk-based Glazer Group, six single-family dwellings would be built on the property where a 135-seat restaurant and 17-room inn now stand. “The intent is to construct the new homes and their facades so that the look and feel from Oenoke Ridge would remain similar to the existing,” said the application, filed Jan. 3 by Westport-based engineering firm Landtech. “Six new single family two-story detached dwellings approximately 2,850 square feet of livable space with 2-car garages will be located throughout the balance of the site. Continue Reading →

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Owner of New House on Hemlock Hill Road Seeks Permission To Build Pool House in Side Yard Setback

The owner of a 2016-built custom home on Hemlock Hill Road is seeking permission to construct a fully outfitted pool house within a side yard setback. The 25-by-11-foot pool house—renderings show a living room with vaulted ceiling, bathroom and outdoor shower and kitchen—would sit near the southern property line at 183 Hemlock Hill Road and southwest of the 9,266-square-foot home built there last year, according to an application scheduled to come before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday night. The application—parts of it are available in the dropdown menu here—appears to seek a variance from a subsection in the New Canaan Zoning Regulations that allows detached accessory residential structures by special permit (see page 53 here). Specifically, under the zoning regulations, a detached guesthouse or accessory dwelling unit must comply with setbacks for a principal structure in the zone. In the two-acre zone, the minimum side yard setback for such buildings is 35 feet. Continue Reading →

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