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Online Petition Protests Housing Development

A Westport resident has started an online petition drive protesting plans for a four-story, 48-unit apartment building with affordable units at 122 Wilton Road.

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The 1.16-acre parcel at 122 Wilton Road sits at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The change.org petition launched by Adrian Little is addressed to the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z). It is hearing the 8-30g application allowing the developer of the 1.16-acre pacel to override local zoning regulations because of its affordable housing component. (See WestportNow Jan. 28, 2016)

“Imagine the negative impact on this busy corner,” Little says, referring to Wilton Road and Kings Highway North. “There is great concern about traffic density, access for fire and emergency services.”

Little says the fire department has already demonstrated the difficulty it would have responding to a fire and evacuating residents.

“The developers seem to ignore the visual impact and pollution this 4-story building will cause on what is one of the last open vistas for the Saugatuck, let alone the impact of water runoff and pollution into the fragile marshland that abuts the river bank,” he says.

“There is nothing good about this proposal, other than it provides a profit for the developer at the expense of the citizens of Westport. We are not against affordable housing. We agree there is a need for more in town that has to be met—just not here.”

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