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Residents Want Hearing on Trailer Park Plan

Garden Homes application met with resistance by Oxford residents.

A group of residents has filed a petition to send a proposed mobil home park application to a public hearing before town land use boards.

The town received the petition, which has the names of 26 residents, this week. The Oxford Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency is expected to set a date for a public hearing but had not done so as of Thurssday.

Several residents are upset over a plan, which has been discussed for years, by Garden Homes Management Corp. to build 126 mobile homes on 40 acres at Hurley Road, Donovan Road and Airport Access Road in Oxford. The plan is pending review from the Oxford Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency.

Garden Homes is seeking a determination from the commission/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 commission/agency, according to its application on file at Town Hall.

The plan is now called "Oxford Commons: A Garden Homes Management Community." Debates about it have been ongoing for several years. 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.

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