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New Canaan Housing Plan Needs Flood Permit

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – A flood plain permit is required for a proposed affordable housing development in New Canaan before it can go forward.

The town Inland Wetlands Commission voted unanimously Monday to reject the proposed 16-unit townhouse development planned at 41 and 47 Jelliff Mill Road. The commission had until June 4 to take its vote. But it decided a draft resolution presented by town attorneys was sufficient in saying applicants 47 Jelliff Mill LLC and Bryan and Cheryl Gardiner needed to apply for a flood permit to get wetlands approval for the plan.

“They have that (jurisdiction), too,” said attorney Ira Bloom of Berchem, Moses and Devlin. The firm was hired by the town to assist inland wetlands and the Planning and Zoning Commission in researching the matter.

The proposed townhouse development includes five affordable housing units. Dozens of neighbors oppose the project, citing concerns about increasing traffic and possible impact on water quality in the Noroton River. The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to continue its deliberations at a special meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday on three proposals related to the Jelliff Mill project.

The applicants can reapply for a wetlands permit and flood plain permit simultaneously, Town Attorney Chris Jarboe said.

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