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Newtown Land Use rejects plans by property owner to subdivide

The Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission has rejected plans by a property owner to subdivide their 26-acre property in order to bring it into compliance with the town's regulations.  There are existing unpermitted homes on the parcel, which the homeowner planned to retain.  The estate is also home to Fairfield County’s only private airstrip.  Santo Silvestro has owned Flying Ridge since 2015, though Newtown owns the development rights to an 18-acre parcel of woods bisecting the property.  In exchange for dividing his land into 4 parcels, the Silvestros would have conveyed a thin connecting piece off Platts Hill Road to the town.  But the family did not agree with the Commission requiring them to pay for more infrastructure, as required by subdivision regulations. 

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