Friday, March 31, 2023


Elm Street Land Swap Amendments to be Heard Thursday

Text and map amendments designed to implement the Elm Street land swap between the town and local developer David Waldman are scheduled to be heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, it was announced today.

According to Planning and Zoning Director Mary Young, the text amendment aims to modify the zoning regulations to create a new Business Center Retail Residential (BCRR) district.

Simultaneously, the P&Z is set to review a map amendment rezoning property adjacent to the Kemper-Gunn House at 35 Elm St., the town’s exchange parcel, and 36 Elm St. to the BCRR designation, Young added.

She said that if the applications are approved, the next step in the approval process will require a site plan for development of the “exchange parcel” and 36 Elm St.

The developer plans to construct on the exchanged 35 Elm St. land a two-story building with ground floor retail space and four residential units above, 20 percent of them deed restricted as affordable.

To acquire that parcel, the developer will transfer 6,700 square feet of his property across the road at at 36 Elm St. to the town for consolidation with adjacent property, plus make improvements there to enhance pedestrian access from Main Street.

Copies of the amendments are available in the Planning and Zoning Department and in the Office of the Town Clerk, as well as online at

Young said the P&Z can receive written public comments prior to the hearing at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Once the public hearing is closed, she said no more information or comments will be accepted.

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