Tesoro seeks temporary halt on apartments

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro
First Selectman Vicki Tesoro

Those concerned that apartment developments are changing the town’s character may get a bit of relief under a proposal the Planning & Zoning Commission will consider at its January 16 meeting.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro is proposing a two-year moratorium on multi-family rental apartments. The two-year break will allow the town to study the impact of several previously approved developments.

The moratorium will not interrupt any developments that are already zoned, approved or currently under land use consideration, such as a development at the mall. It is intended to halt any future multi-family rental developments for the two-year period. This proposal is being made this month due to the lack of any active applications for multi-family rental apartments before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“Since taking office, my administration has worked diligently to lessen the impact of multi-family developments on the character of the town,” Tesoro said. “We have limited the apartment developments to one- and two-bedroom units with no dens permitted. We have worked with developers to greatly reduce the number of units being proposed in each development. We have worked to make safety improvements and to create significant buffers around the developments.”

If the proposal passes, any additional multi-family rental development will be halted for a two-year period. The 202 units on Oakview Drive that were approved in June 2017will be the first to open and will be used to assess the impact of the development during this two-year moratorium period.

The meeting is open to the public. Residents wishing to address the moratorium can provide testimony during the public hearing that evening or by email to RLibrandi@trumbull-ct.gov in advance.