Despite a neighborhood united against it, a developer has plans to put a 22-lot subdivision in Waterford.
Robert Nauta, a Waterford resident, submitted an application to the conservation commission this past week to put the subdivision at 15 Laurel Crest Drive. The development would feature 14 lots designated for affordable housing.
The application is split into two separate developments: one off of Miner Lane and another off of Laurel Crest Drive. Nauta plans to install two unconnected roadways off of those two roads to accommodate both developments.
Laurel Crest residents, meanwhile, are united against the move. The development would bring traffic down a street many people moved to because it had none, Anthony Jessuck said.
“We definitely do not want this down here,” Jessuck said, who lives at 17 Laurel Crest Drive. “The traffic alone will be a huge issue.”
At 15 Laurel Crest Drive, a 440-foot roadway called Dutch Drive would run due south. Eight building lots would go off of that road.
“(The road length) is nothing,” Jessuck said. “We are going to lose our privacy.”
Each proposed lot on the road except one is between 15,000 and 20,000 square feet (slightly less than ½ acre). The other is 8 acres.
“We moved here specifically because it was quiet,” Jessuck said, who has five small children. “I mean, you don’t have to develop every single square foot of Waterford; you have to leave some for conservation.”
On Miner Lane, a 502-foot road called Ryan’s Way would run west off of the existing cul-de-sac at the end of the street. Fourteen building lots, each between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet, would be accessible off of the road.
The lots on Ryan’s Way would be designated as affordable housing. By Connecticut law, affordable housing has to meet set sale limits that are based on of the median cost of area homes.
The 30-acre property, despite having two separate roadways, is all connected.
Surveyor William Kent is Nauta’s agent to the conservation commission. The application for the subdivision was submitted on Feb. 24, and the commission has 65 days to review the plans.
“The commission will take our time with this one,” Waterford Environmental Planner Maureen Fitzgerald said. “There are several spots of interest there.”
Several vernal pools exist on the property with salamanders and toads, Fitzgerald said. The commission will have to determine that they will not be affected, she said.
After the conservation commission reviews the plans, the planning and zoning commission will have to approve it.
John “Bill” Sheehan, of 19 Laurel Crest Drive, was also concerned about the proposal. If the houses will be clearly visible from the backyard, it will be an issue, he said.
“I’m sure none of us are going to like it if we lose our backyards,” he said.
“Everybody on this street is against this,” he said. “We are very concerned about this getting put it in.”
Other developers tried to build on Laurel Crest Drive before, Sheehan and Jessuck said. All attempts were denied by the town, they said.
To avoid building at the end of the road, the homeowners all chipped in to purchase the end lot. Each homeowner owns 1/32 of the property, Jessuck said.
The 15 Laurel Crest Drive property is the only undeveloped property left on the road.
Nauta did not respond to a voicemail as of Tuesday night.