Traffic analysis for Long Hill Ave. made available to public

Nearly 100 residents awaiting a decision on a proposal for 18 condominiums at 405 Long Hill Avenue left last week’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting disappointed and frustrated as the commission ruled to continue the public portion at its May 10 meeting after developers presented the commission with a traffic analysis of the area.

Planning and Zoning Chairman Ruth Parkins read a letter written by attorney Alan Tyma requesting that the public portion of the meeting be continued to next month because the attorney of the applicants, Dominick Thomas, announced that he had submitted a traffic analysis as well as a revised plan.

Thomas declined the opportunity to present the revised site plan at the Tuesday meeting to avoid having to repeat the presentation at the May 10 meeting.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Rick Schultz said copies of the revised plan and traffic analysis are available for the public and can be picked up at their office in City Hall.

Sally and Ben Perry of Sharon Drive, residents of Shelton for the past 40 years, said they are concerned that fewer residents will attend the zoning commission’s meetings as dates continue to be pushed back, but are encouraging neighbors to come out.

“We’re not against development — if they wanted to build a couple of houses back there we don’t have a problem with that,” said Ben Perry. “It’s the wrong spots for condos. This is a residential neighborhood with mainly one-family homes.”

Perry said he thinks the traffic study will reveal the traffic struggles residents endure during the morning and at dinnertime, and he thinks that conditions will only worsen as development is added to the area.

Multiple residents requested that Wetlands Administrator John Cook be present at the continuation of the public portion because of the effect the project could have on the wetlands in the area. Parkins said Cook would not be able to participate as part of the commission, but residents still insisted he be present to help respond to questions and concerns.