Cheshire subdivision plan calls for 140 units near I-691 interchange

CHESHIRE — The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Monday night to discuss a proposed 140 unit subdivision in the north end of town, near Dickerman Road and the I-691 interchange.

This subdivision is proposed for Stone Bridge Crossing, a 107-acre tract of land that has been the focal point of several ill-fated major development proposals over the years. In 2019, the PZC approved a plan to allow developers, Charter Realty and Development, to market the area for multi-use, including retail and residential.  

This proposal from EG Homes represents the first major residential subdivision for the property and is expected to cater to a wide variety of residents.

“We’re extremely excited to be a part of this development,” said Matt Gilchrist, the president of EG Homes. “… The product that we have is going to target two distinct market segments — the first-time homebuyer and … the adult downsizer …”

To support these two demographics, Gilchrist explained that the plan calls for a variety of townhouses and carriage homes. 

“It is a 26.8-acre parcel of land... there has been some prior earth removal (completed),” said Darren Overton, the project’s engineer. “… What is proposed is multi-family dwelling units of duplex and fourplex units. The density that is allowed per the zoning is 10 units per acre. There were 180 units proposed as part of the master plan, but what is proposed here is 140 units.”

Overton went on to describe the proposed layout of the subdivision. 

“The fourplex homes will be townhouses and they will all have two-car garages,” he said. “There will be 14 fourplex townhomes which make up 56 units, and there are 42 duplex units which make up 84 units.”

All the units will have three bedrooms, which would require 280 parking spaces and 42 visitor spaces, according to Overton. 

“We will also have a two-acre open space area that will act as a passive or active recreation area for the residents of the development,” Overton added. “We will loop it with a quarter-mile walking or running track that residents can use. There will also be a covered pavilion and nooks for people to have picnics outside as well.”

During the hearing, a few residents voiced concerns about the new subdivision, specifically the traffic on Dickerman Road. 

“The curve on Dickerman Road is almost a blind curve,” said Joann Hale. “If you are going to start putting younger people who drive faster, and school buses coming around that curve, I think it’s going to be horribly dangerous.”

Hale also suggested the subdivision appears to cut off residential yards.

“This doesn’t affect me personally, but people used to think they had big backyards and now they don’t,” she added. “I’m wondering what kind of a rear setback there might be or how that will be addressed.”

PZC Chairman Earl Kurtz assured Hale that the subdivision does not cut through anyone’s property line, but left it to the developers of the subdivision to address any other concerns.

The PZC held the public hearing open until its next meeting on July 12.

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