An easement has been approved by Newtown officials for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. The facility is named for one of the children killed at Sandy Hook School. The Hubbard family was previously deeded a parcel of state-owned land adjacent to the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard for the sanctuary, but an access road is needed.
Planning Director George Benson says an easement from Newtown is needed to develop a driveway because there is no legal access to a road. An existing partial road is already owned by the family. The driveway would also give access to a proposed commercial development site between Commerce Road and the animal sanctuary.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection must sign off on the driveway plans. Benson will work with the Hubbard family and a developer to complete the driveway.