Stop the re-zoning of Parklands Drive for high-density housing

Stop the re-zoning of Parklands Drive for high-density housing

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Darien Homeowners Against Signature Group started this petition to Darien Planning & Zoning Commission

Signature Group, the current owner of 1 & 3 Parklands Drive, intends to build a 59-unit, high density multifamily building at the end of Parklands Drive.  Current zoning prohibits multifamily development and Signature is appealing to the Darien Planning & Zoning Commission to implement a zoning overlay to allow the project to move forward.

While we, the residents of Darien, are supportive of the Town of Darien's initiative to diversify our housing stock, we believe that a multifamily development in this location falls woefully short of a net positive impact on our community.  The proposed development will negatively impact the make-up of our community, will negatively impact our environment and will ultimately be a disservice to the proposed residents given its isolated, uniquely inaccessible location.

  • The neighborhoods immediately surrounding Selleck's Woods (Fairmead Road, Bayberry Road, Circle Road and Littlebrook Road) are home to approximately 70 single-family homes.  The proposed 59 units will nearly double the density of this quiet, single-family community.  This unit count excludes ~100 recently built residential units immediately adjacent to the proposed project.  The aforementioned ~100 units plus the proposed proposed 59-unit project will have increased community density by nearly 3.5x.  This is an inappropriate level of density.
  • Signature claims that this is a walkable location.  The proposed development sits at the end of Parklands Drive, a 0.3 mile dead-end street.  Trader Joe's is 0.5 miles from the site and represents the closest grocery option.  Downtown Darien is ~1.0 miles (to Starbucks) away and the train station is 1.2 miles away.  The proposed project is not a walkable location.  It would add over 100 cars to our already crowded town roads and parking lots.  Every gallon of milk, cup of coffee, commute to/from work or dinner downtown will require each resident to jump in the car, contributing to pollution and congestion.
  • Signature claims that Wilton, Westport and New Canaan each have more multifamily stock than Darien.  This statement is without context.  Each of the these towns has substantially all of their multifamily product within walking distance (0.5 miles) of either their downtown area or a train station.  
  • A multifamily community should provide opportunities for residents to shop, eat, socialize and enjoy all that Darien has to offer.  It should provide our small businesses with foot traffic, something that is lacking in Downtown Darien.  
  • We are a community that seeks diversity and values inclusion. We believe that consumers of multifamily, whether young people, senior citizens or the economically disadvantaged, deserve to be INCLUDED in our community, near our shops and restaurants and near transportation hubs where they are encouraged to participate and add value to our town.
  • By approving 59 multifamily units behind a truck stop with views of I-95, we would be perpetuating a history of EXCLUSION by hiding those with less.
  • We support the development of multifamily in areas that enhance the community and benefit the multifamily residents themselves. The proposed project will serve as a windfall for the Signature Group at the direct expense of the community that it claims to be a part of.

Please sign our petition to demand that the Darien Planning and Zoning Commission reject Signature's overlay and development plan. 

As a "member" of this community, Signature needs to follow the rules, just like the rest of us.

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