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Residents oppose development plans in Simsbury

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Simsbury residents voiced their concern about a development on Climax Road. (WFSB) Simsbury residents voiced their concern about a development on Climax Road. (WFSB)

Residents in Simsbury told Eyewitness News they are not happy about a developer's plan to build more than a dozen homes in their area.

The plan is to build 15 homes on 4.4 acres of land along Climax Road.

Some residents got to hear from the developer himself on plans and they were able express their concerns during a public hearing on Monday night.

"This has the potential to establish a precedent,” John Lucker, who is a Simsbury resident, said.

The zoning commission meeting started at 7 p.m. and didn’t end until 10:30 p.m.  The residents made it clear they don’t want this project in their neighborhood.

“It will obviously increase the traffic on climax road that is already pretty busy,” Simsbury resident Robert Palmer said.

“I don't think it's appropriate to have these little clusters of homes scattered all through the town,” Lucker said.

Developers said the homes will have a garage and costs between $450,000 and $525,000. However, three of the homes are being called affordable and will costs significantly less.

“The purpose of afford housing is to make housing available for your teachers, your firemen your policemen,” the developer said.

 “That density of housing is kinda out of character with the rest ‎of the neighborhood,” Palmer said.

The meeting was packed on Monday night with one clear message.

“I'd like to see a one year moratorium under this type of zone and I'd like for them to go back, so that it has more specificity on places in town that they would like to see these types of developments built,” Lucker said.   

The commission did not make any decisions on Monday night.  They may make a decision at their next meeting on Nov. 16.

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