Brian Panico, an engineer representing homebuilders, said the land totals about 10 acres, of which nearly an acre and a half will be preserved through conservation easements or a homeowners association. The property is not next to any open space owned by the city. “There’s no open space around it, so it’s going to be owned by a homeowners association because I’m sure the city won’t want to take it back,” he said.
The plan includes maintaining tree lines that Panico says will help shelter wildlife that may be at the site. “We’re only getting one more acre and we’re halving lot sizes,” Santago said at Thursday’s meeting. “Compromise doesn’t really make sense to me for a home.”
Commission member Peter Santago questioned the gain by halving the lot size while preserving 1.37 acres of open space. Part of this open space is wetlands that cannot be developed. Commission member Christina Volpe said she would like to see more details on the plan as well as an idea of the finished product.
Questions from planners The open-plan subdivision proposal allows Groupe Carrier to build six houses. A traditional housing development in this area would yield only five houses. While lots in the area would normally be 80,000 square feet, open space subdivision only requires 40,000.
“The carrier is doing a great job. He builds great houses,” he said. Panico said home builders are planning high-end homes.
Residents’ concerns The company plans to demolish two houses on land owned by the Desell family. The commission took no action on the plan and will continue to review it at a future meeting.
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