Glazer Group seeks to create ‘overlay district’ for Roger Sherman redevelopment
In order to allow for new residential use, Westport-based engineering firm Landtech submitted on behalf of Glazer, principal of the Norwalk-based Glazer Group, on Nov. 14 a special permit request that would establish a Non-Conforming Residential Overlay District.
“The purpose of this district is to create the opportunity to eliminate a preexisting nonconforming use (the Roger Sherman Inn) located within a residential zone to increase the diversity of housing choices in New Canaan,” according to a narrative of the project submitted to Planning and Zoning.
In a Nov. 14 letter to Town Attorney Ira Bloom, Peter Romano, principal of Landtech, cited an Oct. 25 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, at which it was suggested the Glazer Group further craft the text to allow for nonconforming uses to be replaced by more conforming use as the reason for the reapplication.
“Since that hearing, we concluded the more comprehensive method to allow preexisting nonconforming, nonresidential use to be replaced by a residential use would be to create an overlay zone,” Romano wrote.
According to an October traffic study, conducted by Frederick P. Clark Associates of Rye, N.Y., the elimination of the inn’s commercial function and conversion to residential use on the plot would significantly reduce traffic in the area.
The proposed homes would be two stories and approximately 2,800 square feet, each with a two-car garage, according to Glazer.
Glazer originally submitted a plan for redevelopment that featured eight residential units on the 1.79-acre lot and a conversion of the inn into a residence, a spike in density he said would be offset by the removal of the 17-room inn and 135-seat restaurant.
The plan was scaled back in October after then-Town Planner Steve Kleppin suggested removing the eighth residence, which would have blocked the former inn from the road and could not have been moved elsewhere because of a 96-foot restrictive easement at the back of the property.
Romano wrote, “The proposed amendment is a precursor to our special permit application for the proposed residential development of the Roger Sherman Inn.”