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Danbury zoners continue hearing on controversial senior living development proposal

The Danbury Zoning Commission is holding a meeting tonight, and one of the items on their agenda is a controversial senior living project.  BRT Sconset wants Zoning Regulations amended to add Cluster Active Adult Development to two zones calling for single family dwellings. 

The meeting and continuation of the public hearing will be held via Zoom at 7:30pm. 

Developer Dan Bertram has proposed a 100-unit age-restricted apartment building just north of Danbury High School on Clapboard Ridge Road.  If the Danbury Zoners allow the change for the age-restricted development, opponents say there would be nothing to prevent other developers from proposing multi-family residences leading to so-called zone creep.  Those against the plan say development firms could buy up small single-family lots to make a qualifying property, gradually eroding a neighborhood’s integrity. 

The 15-acre luxury home development with 37 homes approved before the Great Recession was never completed.  The proposed $10 million age-restricted apartment building would sit on properties totalling at least 10 acres.

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