A proposal to build a 30-unit apartment building at Old Bridgeport Avenue and Sunwood Drive appears headed for denial, mainly due to density and traffic concerns. The Planning & Zoning Commission reached an unanimous consensus to oppose the project by GNK LLC at the Dec. 11 meeting. A consensus is when P&Z members indicate how they will vote on an application in the future. Member James Tickey said the proposed development is \u201ca traffic generator\u201d that would worsen nearby intersections on Bridgeport Avenue and have \u201ca negative impact on nearby residents.\u201d \u201cI believe it\u2019s too dense,\u201d said member Charles Kelly, pointing out there\u2019s really only about an acre to work with due to an existing private road on the land and wetlands. \u201cThat\u2019s kind of ridiculous,\u201d Kelly said of putting 30 units and a 63-space parking lot on the usable land. Kelly noted a nearby apartment complex, approved by the P&Z but not built yet due to a legal challenge, has slightly fewer units on three acres. The developer has applied to create a Planned Development District (PDD) to build a three-story building on a 1.9-acre parcel at 301 Old Bridgeport Avenue. The property previously housed a childcare center. Old Bridgeport Avenue runs parallel to Bridgeport Avenue between the D\u2019Addario auto dealership and the Wiffle Ball factory. The apartment entrance would actually be on Sunwood Drive, a private road off Old Bridgeport Avenue that leads to the Sunwood Condominiums. Many condo residents spoke against the project during the application process, fearing more drivers would use the condo as a cut-through to reach Nells Rock Road. They also highlighted existing traffic congestion near Route 8\u2019s Exit 13 interchange on Bridgeport Avenue. Member Mark Widomski called the proposal \u201cway too dense,\u201d saying it could hurt nearby property values and the interests of people now living in the immediate area. Widomski said traffic delays would \u00a0be increasing on Bridgeport Avenue due to other approved developments in the vicinity, including the massive Shelter Ridge retail, office and apartment complex. \u201cWe\u2019re overloading that intersection,\u201d he said of the Route 8 interchange. Member Anthony Pogoda said existing traffic problems would be \u201cexacerbated\u201d and the Sunwood Condominiums shouldn\u2019t have to consider installing an entrance gate because of a nearby development. Pogoda also said the developer\u2019s plan to put up signs to try to prevent vehicles from going through the condo complex wouldn\u2019t work because drivers routinely ignore such signs. City land-use consultant Anthony Panico said based on the property\u2019s current Restricted Business District (RBD) zone, P&Z members should consider what else might be built at the site and the potential impact compared to 30 apartment units. But members said they had strong feelings and would deal with another proposal when appropriate in the future. \u201cWe\u2019re discussing what\u2019s on the table now,\u201d Pogoda said. The RBD zone would allow multi-family housing, offices, small manufacturing, limited retail, a restaurant, gas station and utility facilities, although Panico said some of those uses aren\u2019t realistic. Chairman Virginia Harger said while some of the possible RBD uses would \u201cbe a lot worse,\u201d she wasn\u2019t comfortable with the apartment proposal due to the high number of units being proposed. \u201cThe applicant really needs to consider this number of units,\u201d said Harger, in comments echoed by a few other members. They said a plan with fewer living units might be acceptable. Member Elaine Matto said she doesn\u2019t understand why the developer wants to change the zoning to a PDD rather than pursue housing as allowed under the RBD zone, but suspects a RBD requirement for more parking might be one reason. Matto said Sunwood residents have \u201clegitimate concerns\u201d involving traffic and the safety of walkers inside the condo complex.