To the Editor:
Recently, the Town of Monroe Planning and Zoning Commission approved on a 3-2 vote, the construction of a large retail facility on industrial-zoned property in close proximity to the Tashua section of Trumbull. Over the course of the last several weeks, I have heard from several Trumbull residents that are concerned with further traffic impact in this area which will create longer cycle waiting times for drivers at Spring Hill Road, Tashua Road and the Route 111 Intersections. One Monroe zoning official, who voted against the application, recently stated that she found it “unsettling that the identity of the retailer was kept secret. It hindered the commission’s ability to evaluate the overall impact on property values and emergency service providers.” This retail facility is believed to be a Walmart of considerable size, commonly referred to as a “Super Walmart.” When the identity of the retailer was not revealed by Monroe officials, I authorized the Town Engineer and the Director of Planning to begin the process of analyzing the application to determine if there was any negative environmental or traffic impact to the Town of Trumbull. During the week, evening peak traffic would increase by over 200 cars per hour, and on Saturdays, peak hour traffic would increase by over 650 cars per hour.The developer is proposing red light waiting times of 2.5 minutes at Trumbull’s intersection. We find these traffic volumes and wait times cause for great concern. Furthermore, these numbers don’t include the impact of the Pond View shopping center, which has also been approved in Monroe.