Trumbull drops lawsuit against Monroe Walmart

The Town of Trumbull is dropping its lawsuit against the Town of Monroe, following an agreement reached on plans for a Super Walmart store on Route 25 in Monroe, close to the town border.

The big box store is slated to be built at 2 Victoria Drive. Trumbull filed the lawsuit after the project received approval from Monroe Planning and Zoning in January, despite objections from Trumbull officials. The lawsuit cited flooding concerns and environmental issues on the Pequonnock River. First Selectman Timothy Herbst also said the development would lead to a major traffic burden in Trumbull.

On Wednesday afternoon, Herbst said he was happy to announce a settlement.

“I am pleased that the applicant and the Town of Monroe have effectuated the changes to the site plan that were recommended and requested by the Trumbull Town Engineer at the Monroe Planning and Zoning Commission meetings regarding this matter,” Herbst wrote. What was requested by our Town Engineer is exactly what we require of applicants in Trumbull.”

The settlement comes after a meeting last month between Trumbull officials, Monroe Town Engineer Scott Schatzlein and Project Engineer Kevin Solli, discussing the drainage plan. The agreement is based on three aspects, according to Herbst and a memo from Trumbull Town Engineer Frank Smeriglio to the town attorney.

The agreement asks that a copy of the approved construction plan and drainage report be provided to Trumbull. It also mentions a June 11 meeting with Project Engineer Kevin Solli, in which he agreed that the "catch basins will have a 2-foot sump and have a hooded cover over its outlet pipes." Finally, Trumbull asks to be provided with an updated status of the state’s review of on-site wastewater systems.

Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek said he was happy an agreement had been reached regarding the plans for the Super Walmart.

"I am also pleased that the Town of Monroe is, and will continue to work with our bordering towns as well as the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council for responsible growth on our borders and will continue to work with all concerned to improve the intersection of Routes 25 and 111," Vavrek said.

Herbst said, due to the size of the development, there should have been a regional discussion and review.

“Had this project been subject to regional review process early on, all of these issues could have been addressed before the application went before local and land-use agencies for a public hearing,” Herbst said. “Given that the parking lot and proposed building are the equivalent size of eight and a half football fields, going forward, any project of this magnitude in any municipality within the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council should be subject to a regional review process.”

See original story on the lawsuit here.  Herbst wrote a letter to The Times about the project back in February.

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