December 18, 2014

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Development of 49-home Creekside Place in Avon moves forward

AVON — Plans are underway to build a 49-home subdivision on the northwest corner of Jaycox and Riegelsberger roads, despite complaints from some residents who fear that the construction will cause more flooding.

The development, Creekside Place, is proposed by Garland-Griffin Homes, and plans have been moving forward since it first was presented to the Planning Commission back in April.

At that time, Richard Bancroft, representing Garland-Griffin Homes, said the project would encompass 57 acres and be built in two phases, the first connecting Queen Ann’s Drive with Livingston Drive and the second being an extension of Schwartz Road.

After the proposal became known, anonymous letters were sent to the media and city officials saying that the homes were proposed for an area known to flood.

City Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza said engineers and experts have examined the property and found no major flooding concerns.

The letters did, however, raise a concern that was on point: The development failed to follow the city’s Major ThoroughFare Plan, and it requires a change to go through.

The housing proposal shows Schwartz Road connecting with Livingston Drive, and there is no such connection, nor is one spelled out in the city’s master plan for roads.

Piazza said the subdivision plan was tabled until the city can amend the Thoroughfare Plan. He said changing the Major Thoroughfare Plan would not require a vote from the people, as the anonymous letter writer indicated.

“We’ve modified the Major Thoroughfare Plan in the past,” he said.

Piazza said the city has carefully considered residents’ complaints on flooding and do not believe construction will be problematic for surrounding residents.

“It will not impact the surrounding flood plain. In fact, it may improve the flood plain issue,” he said. “We didn’t take this lightly. We had multiple engineers study the site.”

The plan will be discussed during the Planning Commission’s next meeting Dec. 18.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.