We need you to turn out for this meeting and show your opposition to a plan which clearly endangers the public watershed.
The last public hearing on the Saddle Ridge Applications before the Conservation Commission will be May 24, 2011 at 8 PM in the Helen Keller Middle School Media Center. For those who have not been following this issue, the Saddle Ridge developers are attempting to break Easton zoning and build high density housing in the public water supply watershed.
On February 14, 2011, our Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the applications by Saddle Ridge Developers, LLC to construct 105 townhouses on 110.5 acres of property on the public water supply watershed located at Sport Hill Rd, Silver Hill Rd, Cedar Hill Rd, and Route 136.
On March 4th, 2011, Saddle Ridge amended their proposal to reduce the number of units by 6, to construct 99 townhouses, and made some engineering changes to the plans.
The plans were submitted under Connecticut General Statute 8-30g which allows developers to break zoning laws as long as 30% of the development is set aside as affordable housing .
Conservation does not have to address the affordable housing issue, they only need consider the impact on the waters, including but not limited to watercourses, wetlands, and reservoirs, during construction and after completion.
Turnout for these hearings has been poor. While public opinion can have no bearing on the outcome as it must be decided on its merits, it is still important to show the Commissioners that we very much care about the outcome of this decision as it not only impacts Easton, but also over 600,000 users of the waters of our reservoirs.
So please consider attending to let the Commissioners know that we really do care about the impact of this development, which would change the environment forever.