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The Danbury Zoning Commission has closed a public hearing on a legislative change that could pave the way for a controversial senior living project.  BRT Sconset wants Zoning Regulations amended to add Cluster Active Adult Development to two single family dwelling zones. 

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. 

A 15-acre luxury home development with 37 single-family homes approved before the Great Recession was never completed.  The updated proposed $10 million age-restricted apartments would sit on properties totaling at least 10 acres.

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