Controversial condo plan withdrawn

The developer of a proposed 20-unit complex at Shelton Road and Huntington Street that generated strong neighborhood opposition has withdrawn the application.

Developer John Guedes was seeking to create a Planned Development District (PDD) at 39 Shelton Road on 2.1 acres, near exit 11 of Route 8.

“This is to advise you that I am hereby withdrawing the PDD application filed for the 39 Shelton Road property,” Guedes wrote in a letter to Shelton Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Administrator Rick Schultz.

“You are authorized to cancel any future hearings and stop the proceedings before the Planning and Zoning Commission for this PDD application,” said Guedes, who operates Bridgeport-based Primrose Companies and was pursuing the project as Pond Meadow LLC.

The developer wanted to combine two parcels to build four residential buildings and parking areas. The land is now zoned for one-acre homes.

The property includes wetlands and a pond, and abuts a Shelton Community Land Trust property used as open space.

It is near homes in Shelton and Trumbull, and also close to the Stratford border.

Many nearby residents, the city engineer, land trust representatives, and officials from Trumbull blasted the proposal at a Nov. 18 public hearing that was to be continued in January.

They raised concerns about density, traffic safety, the environment, and the impact of a zone change, and worried the development could lower nearby property values.

Guedes does not own the parcels but had a contingency agreement to buy them if zoning approval was received.