Land Use Board to Consider Mobile Home Plan in Oxford

The Inland Wetlands/Conservation Commission will meet tonight at Town Hall to discuss the plan by Garden Homes for 113 mobile homes known as Oxford Commons.


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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Will Wilkin October 09, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Considering the country lost another 16,000 manufacturing jobs in September, continuing the off-shoring that has liquidated a third of our manufacturing in the last decade, I'm expecting these mobile homes will be too pricey for a lot of our people and perhaps a tent city would be more in keeping with actual wages.
Craig Zac October 09, 2012 at 01:02 PM
TC BUS#2 October 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I drive a school bus in this town and would love to purchase a moble home and live in this beautiful town. TC
Paul Singley October 09, 2012 at 05:44 PM
That's an interesting point, TC. Thank you for sharing.
E Twig October 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
If you look around I think you can find reg. houses in there price range.
ChristineJG October 10, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Does anyone know what the asking prices of these homes will be estimated?
Citizen X October 10, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Will, I'm still not sure what you'd propose for manufacturing organizations. First, I think there will be a resurgence of manufacturing in the US. What you will find is that wages in China are rising at 15% per year, & when you add in shipping costs/time + the fact that quality is difficult to control companies are finding better value in domestic (US) manufacturing. Having said that, this is the natural ebb & flow of manufacturing + economics. Even if there is a time when it makes sense to manufacture in the US again, there will inevitably be a time when it makes sense to once again look off shore. At that point in time, the decision to manufacture overseas will not be some pervasive, greedy, conspiratorial plan to hollow out American manufacturing. It is the combination of the natural cycle of economics & comparative advantage. You've mentioned a number of times that the US is 'losing manufacturing jobs'. Those jobs are mainly US companies moving manufacturing overseas. Those companies have a choice to either remain competitive so they can win business, invest in R&D, pay shareholders, & expand, or they can cling to how they think the world should work & die a slow, painful death. I assume if you invest in companies you'd like to see dividends & increased value of the shares you own. Neither of those comes from being uncompetitive.
Will Wilkin October 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Hello Citizen X, Check out this interactive map. By sliding the cursor from 1971 to 2012, you can see that ebb and flow in mfg jobs you mention. Not much of it from 1971 to 2000 (18.6 m jobs to 17.7 m), relative to the steep drop of 1/3 between 2000 and 2012 (17.4 m to 11.7 m), a rate and consistency in drop unmatched in our nation's history: http://americawhatwentwrong.org/story/manufacturing-map/ Manufacturing jobs add more value to a nation's economy than service jobs, by and large. We need service jobs, we ned a balanced economy, but replacing mfg with service depletes our value-added and unbalances our economy. Even worse news is that millions of those lost mfg jobs have NOT been replaced with any jobs at all. It is not a good idea for a country to leave its economic fate to the "natural ebb and flow of manufacturing," or to the interests of a relatively tiny class of people (investors) to whom "it makes sense to once again look offshore." This thinking, and the "free trade" policies built on theories of "comparative advantage," are the cause of paralysis in American policy-making that is allowing our manufacturing ecosystem to be dismantled by offshoring. A government that represents the interests of the people of the country would not allow our future prosperity to be offshored. Its been going on long enough now that that future has arrived, with disastrous consequences. What would I do? With 60 characters left, I'll have to come back with my plan.
Will Wilkin October 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I know a woman who works in the industrial park iin Christian Street area of Oxford, currently renting in Oxford and approved for a $110,000 mortgage. Great credit, great frugality....low wages. House must be in move-in condition for that loan. She works hard everyday, wants to buy here to keep her daughter in Oxford schools where she has friends. Just finding that rent was a miracle, there are very few rents in Oxford at any price, and certainly home ownership feels out of reach for many average full-time (even overtime) workers.
Ruby October 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Not sure why George Temple is supporting this?
Tim Lee December 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Went to realtor.com did a search for 2 bedroom one bath homes or more from 50 k to 700k there 154 homes for sale in Oxford From 50k to 300k where these mobile homes would be priced there are 31. Why not designate affordable housing for the elderly which is the largest growth segment in our population and where the need is greatest. Affordable senior housing would not negatively impact our schools as well. Time for Oxford to take it's own destiny and not be at the mercy of a Stamford company who i am sure would not be only concerned with profits while building manfabshured hosing which would not have a positive impact on local construction. This plan is a lose lose.


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