New plan for Perkins Farm wins over foes

Mystic - Several past opponents of developer David Lattizori's plan for the Perkins Farm property spoke in favor of his new plan for 35 homes on the site during a Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing Tuesday night.

Several others objected only to the alignment of one of the subdivision's two access roads, which they said may create a safety problem for drivers.

The commission continued the hearing until a later date because Lattizori's development team had submitted some changes to its plans within 15 days of the hearing. The continuation of the hearing will give the public time to review those changes, which include the relocation of one of the access roads based on a recommendation by the town.

Lattizori has made several unsuccessful attempts to develop the 70-acre property across from the Stone Ridge retirement community on Jerry Browne Road with a variety of commercial/residential projects. Those were for developments that included a hotel, shopping village, townhouses, offices and an indoor water park.

Many residents, especially those who live at Stone Ridge, packed previous public hearings to opposed those plans, which the commission either rejected or Lattizori withdrew.

But Lattizori's latest plan for a residential subdivision is allowed by zoning regulations and requires no zone changes or amendments, as in the past.

Pawcatuck attorney Ted Ladwig, who represents Lattizori, told the commission that the goal of Lattizori's development team was to make sure the project complies with all zoning and technical requirements "no ifs, ands or buts."

"Our intention was to overcomply with your regulations," he said.

During the public comment section, Eric Burns, who spoke against Lattizori's previous proposals on behalf of downtown businesses, said merchants support the current proposal as long as it meets the regulations.

Don Wooley, who heads the Perkins Farm Committee at Stone Ridge, told the commission that members generally find the current proposal acceptable.

He, like several other speakers from Stone Ridge, said they worry that two additional entrances onto Jerry Browne Road would create a hazard.

Lattizori had originally lined one up with the main entrance to Stone Ridge, but town regulations forced him to move it.

Resident Ruth Waller suggested the road be moved so it intersects with Jerry Browne Road directly across from the current intersection with Pequotsepos Road. There are stop signs at that location.

But Town Planner Keith Brynes, told the commission that it can only require a developer to move a road if it fails to meet the regulations or if it's a clear safety issue.

A traffic study shows that the project would generate low traffic volumes and would not affect the ability of surrounding roads to handle traffic.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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