WILTON, Conn. Wilton village could expand across Route 7 in the next year if changes in the town's regulations and zoning are approved.
The site at 300 Danbury Road, known as Crossways, is requesting that the area be rezoned to become a part of the town center. The development, home to Dermage Spa and New England Historical Connection Furniture Store, among others, wants to do renovations and additions.
The rezoning plan would include the train station to connect Crossways to the rest of the village.
Crossways is zoned as general business, which is normally characterized by the types of buildings on Route 7 in South Wilton. By switching the zoning to town center, the owners would be able to keep the village atmosphere that is currently there, said Kevin OBrien of Wilton Country Homes.
OBrien represents the owners of Crossways. Were proposing five different uses here retail, office, medical, residential and food service, he said. The issue is in the parking, O'Brien said. Becoming part of the town center would give Crossways more leeway when it comes to its parking spaces.
Its not just rezoning that OBrien is proposing. He is seeking more residential space, which the lot already has, and also seeks to change the setback rule for the town center.
Because in Wilton center they want you to be on the street, but on Route 7 no one wants to be on the street, OBrien said. Under current regulations, a building cannot be more than 20 feet from the road. This is done to promote walking in town, said Town Planner Bob Nerney.
It could take time for the changes OBrien and his clients are proposing to get approved. Nerney didnt want to speculate on whether they will or will not pass through all the committees that need to OK them.
Its hard to say when the decision would be made, Nerney said. But its a very structured process.
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