Members of the Planning & Zoning Commission last week signaled that they’re preparing to deny a widely discussed application now before the appointed body to build a 102-unit development—including 31 apartments rented at affordable rates—on a 3.1-acre parcel at Weed and Elm Streets. Though it has not yet taken a formal final vote for the application at 751 Weed St., members of the appointed body during a special meeting held Oct. 13 agreed that plans filed on behalf of the limited liability company that owns the property call for overly dense development that leads to health and safety problems.
“Basically this whole site is built out,” P&Z Secretary Krista Neilson said during the meeting, held at Town Hall. “It far exceeds coverage of anything else we’ve ever seen or allowed to be built in the town, and there’s a reason for that,” she continued. “I mean, there’s a very good planning reason why you don’t just build 100% site coverage on a site.