A town land use board will meet tonight to discuss a proposal to build 113 mobile manufactured homes in Oxford.
The Inland Wetlands/Conservation Commission will meet at 7:30 tonight at Town Hall to discuss the plan, which would bring the homes to 40 acres at Hurley Road, Donovan Road and Airport Access Road.
Garden Homes Management Corp. is seeking a determination from the Oxford Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency that certain activities proposed at the property in conjunction with the development of a mobile home park pursuant to Connecticut General Statute 8-30g are not subject to inland wetlands and watercourses regulations or the jurisdiction of the Oxford Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency, according to its application on file at Town Hall.
Discussion about the Garden Homes plan, which is now officially called "Oxford Commons: A Garden Homes Management Community," has been ongoing for more than five years in Oxford. The development was denied by the wetlands agency and Planning & Zoning Commission in 2007. Garden Homes, a Stamford-based company, opposed the denial in court, and a superior court judge agreed with the wetlands denial but overturned the Planning & Zoning denial, saying essentially there is a need for affordable housing in Oxford. Thirty five of the mobile homes are supposed to be designated as "affordable housing."
The Board of Selectmen has hired a land use attorney, Peter Olsen of Bethel, to assist the Planning & Zoning Commission in drafting affordable housing regulations and thoroughly reviewing 8-30g applications, such as the Garden Homes plan.
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