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146 Homes Proposed for Phase 4 of Village at Oxford Greens

The plans are in front of the Planning & Zoning Commission.

The developers of the have applied to town land use boards for permission to build phase four of the development, a plan that would bring 146 more age-restricted units to town.

The proposed development in the 55 and older complex is expected to bring a mix of townhouses and ranches in clusters of two and three units, and is anticipated to bring up to 262 people to the town, no school-aged children and annual net tax revenue of more than $690,000 to town coffers, according to a conceptual study conducted in the fall and paid for by the developers.

Phase Four of the eight-phase project is the largest and it marks the first time the Village will have attached units – where more than one home is in a building – as opposed to the separate units that have been constructed thus far. Phase Four would be constructed on 42.1 acres at the northern tip of the Village. A portion of the homes would have either direct frontage or golf course views of three holes at the , developers state in the study.

The Oxford Planning & Zoning Commission heard from representatives of the Village at Oxford Greens about this plan on Thursday night. The commission made no decision and wants to hear a little more about the project. A date will likely be set up in April for another meeting.

Tax Impact

The Village at Oxford Greens, which was approved in 2001 for a total of 781 homes, currently has 336 homes that have been built – less than 10 of them are still on the market.

The Village developers are among the town’s top taxpayers with the development bringing a total of $2.24 million in annual taxes, representing a 5.7 percent share of the total revenue collected by the town, according to a fiscal impact and market analysis study contained in the above mentioned two-inch thick conceptual development plan put together by Timberlake Development Partners, LLC., and Pulte Homes of New England, LLC., the project developers. The plan is on file at Town Hall.

The plan states that Phase Four’s townhouses and ranches would bring a gross total of $933,600 in annual taxes to the town. That number includes property, motor vehicle and sewer use taxes.

That number is then subtracted by the projected costs of the development to the town attributable to the development. Those costs are estimated at $242,300 annually, according to the report.

Therefore, the net direct fiscal impact would represent an annual increase in tax revenue of $691,300, plus up to $756,500 in one-time fees that would include building permits fees, site plan and zoning fees, real estate conveyance taxes and fees associated with sewer line and water hook-ups, the report states.

Cost of the Units

How much each unit would cost depends on the condition of the market at the time they are built. However, the developers attempted to get a market analysis of like-sized townhouses/ranches in the state. The estimated market value of each home in four like-sized units in October was roughly $353,000, according to the study.

Economic Impact

Economic output is defined in the study as the sum of economic activity associated with the development.  The economic study, conducted by AMS Consulting, LLC., states that “based on the original investment of 39.2 million in the development (hard costs only), we anticipate the Phase 4 construction will generate an additional boost to economic output within he state and region of $35.4 million. Total output, both direct and indirect, is estimated to total $74.4 million by full build-out.”

Jobs Associated With the Project

According to the study:

  • Construction phase is expected to bring 281 jobs on site;
  • Another 203 indirect or induced jobs are expected to be created over the course of construction;
  • Gross total salaries and wages arising from construction budget (hard costs) are projected to total $23.4 million, while on-site construction wages are projected to contribute $14.3 million to the direct earnings.

For more information and design layout plans, see the conceptual development plan and schematic development plan for Phase 4 in the Planning & Zoning office at Town Hall. The plans include everything from economic to environmental impacts, plus an in-depth traffic analysis.

Robert Williams March 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Janis, Good Morning, I want to be clear here to all, I am not painting Oxford seniors with a broad brush. That has been done already by many more before me. I am asking what I believe to be a legit question in the face of moving even more seniors to Oxford. Seniors I might add that will most likely be new to our community and not have the same connection to our town, its politics and school system. These new seniors may have never had kids go through our system and can be even more separated from our needs and history. I think this is a legit line of questioning anytime you want to move a large population into a town all at once. Sticking your head in the sand (not saying you do) and not asking the questions in my opinion is irresponsible. Lastly, you have a LOT more experience in this town then I do and I respect your position and opinion, but, you are still making assumptions based on nothing more than your personal experience, which frankly is different then 99% of the rest of the town population. What makes those assumptions any more or less valid then others?
Ed Spruck March 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Janis is correct, back in the 70’ & 80’s budgets were much harder to pass and education was usually the target. However, the kids were well prepared for high school and many went to private schools. Funding them was in the low 160’s out of 169 towns. As Paul mentioned the Southbury/Middlebury region, I believe the most recent budget passed in Southbury but not in Middlebury (or at least by a much smaller margin). Janis also correctly pointed out that the 30-50year old segment is the most financially stressed group and despite having kids in school it’s their family budget that drive the voting results. So lay-off the over 55’s, we are from a different era and know that education is important. It’s also important the money is spent wisely on the kids EDUCATION.
Paul Singley March 03, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Robert: I know you were not trying to be rude or throw seniors under the bus, nor did I think you were making generalizations about them. I just want to make that clear. I get it: you want to know whether there is data on this. Truth is, I don't know either. But I'll tell you this - I will make it my mission to find out. I'm gonna start with the state Dept. of Education and then look into other sources. I'll let you know what I find. Thanks to all commenters for participating in this thread and for keeping it civil. I love these kinds of discussions. Have a great weekend.
Michael March 04, 2012 at 01:59 PM
How can they say "no school age children" don't forget that women rarely tell their age and men rarely act their age. That being said, how many men in their 50’s and 60’ have children with a spouse or girlfriend that is in their 20’s or 30’s? Chances are the offspring from these relationships will bring say "school age children."
Stephen C. Brown March 04, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Actually, administrative requests only represent about 20% of positions proposed in the recent BOE budget based on my reading of the document in front of me. Some of the positions mentioned are not new positions but rather restore previously full positions back to that posture. Administrative demands do not necessarily decrease when positions are cut. With the many changes that we face with coming changes in teacher assessment, new common core standards, curriculum changes, OHS accreditation and the maturing of our HS classes, it has been harder to justify continuing to go without this support.

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