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Zoning vote moved to November

Proposed villas to wait so more residents can make comments

CANFIELD — City residents sounded off Wednesday during a public hearing on proposed rezoning.

Fifteen villas are proposed for 12 acres on Broad Street. The plot is zoned residential, with the hearing about rezoning the area to R-PUD, for planned unit development.

Initially council members were going to vote on the zoning change, but decided to postpone the vote so residents can submit correspondence to be added to public meeting minutes.

The vote will be reconsidered at the Nov. 4 meeting, as more residents had questions and comments regarding the change, but were unable to go on record due to technical difficulties with audio.

Several residents living near the proposed development voiced concern over stormwater runoff.

A developer on the project, Stefano Cocca, explained that on the northwest portion of the property, water will meter out, flowing naturally to Saw Mill Road.

“This is going to improve” storm water drainage, Cocca said, adding that water from the villas will be channeled by downspouts, curbs and a detention pond.

Councilman Anthony Nacarato, whose property is situated close to the development site, “is at ease now” with storm water flow.

He urged homeowners with questions to reach out to the developers, who he said worked with him in understanding how the water will go.

“We discussed in depth… I’m telling you from my perspective, I see they’ve done a fantastic job to make sure that water is taken care of, and taken care of properly,” Nacarato said.

Nacarato said he has the largest property that is impacted by water, with dry creeks on his property.

Cocca said the homes will measure between 1,800 square feet and 2,200 square feet, with prices estimated to be starting at $300,000 to $400,000.

A homeowners association will be established, but until that would happen, the developer would maintain the development. Fees associated with the homeowners association would be around $34 to $45, Cocca said.

Surrounding neighbors also asked about existing wetlands and undeveloped land, which Cocca and city officials said would remain untouched.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring, Cocca said. He projected, based on a “hot” market, that it would take about two years to complete.

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