June 14 2007
One Step Closer
The controversial River Oaks
development in Simsbury is one step closer to whatever its
eventual resolution will be, now that Konover Development has finally submitted
its formal application to the town. “We submitted the application on June 5,”
says T.J. Donohue, one of Konover’s attorneys.
of SHARE (Simsbury Homeowners Advocating Responsible
Expansion) has not yet seen the application, but based on
Konover’s press release expresses grave doubts about the proposal. “Over
70 percent of the lot [will be] covered with impervious objects like asphalt,”
he says. Since asphalt (obviously) can’t absorb water, SHARE worries this will
exacerbate flooding problems the next time the town’s barraged by heavy rains.
But Donohue says the plan has “the most environmentally friendly” features
available, though he doesn’t yet know the specifics of how issues like rain
runoff will be handled. According to SHARE, the lot coverage is more than
current town zoning regulations allow, so another showdown between Konover,
SHARE and zoning officials seems likely.
— Jennifer Abel