The Weston Planning and Zoning Commission has given a positive 8-24 referral for the town’s proposed purchase of property located on the corner of Norfield and Weston roads.
The commission voted unanimously at its regular meeting on Monday, May 6, to give the proposal a positive review, clearing the way for the town to take the next step toward purchasing the property.
By state statute 8-24, P&Z is required to review leases and purchase agreements entered into by the town, as well as to determine whether potential projects on municipal property are an appropriate use of that property.
Because there are no official plans yet or specific uses proposed for the property at this time, the commission had a very narrow scope to consider, and decided to give it 8-24 approval.
First Selectman Gayle Weinstein told the commission one possible use for the property might be to use it for a sleeping quarters for members of the fire department during emergencies.
Another possible use might be to move the land use departments there. Those offices are currently housed in the Town Hall Annex next to central office.
However, the property’s actual use has yet to be determined, Ms. Weinstein said.
The one-acre piece of property has a dual address of 48 Norfield Road and 177 Weston Road. It includes a house that was once occupied by former First Selectman George Guidera’s law office. The property sits on the border of town hall and Norfield firehouse to the east and the Onion Barn property to the north. It is directly across the street from the historic Jarvis House, which the town also owns.
So far, the town has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the property’s owner, Fairfield County Bank, to purchase the property for $750,000. The town has about five months to go forward with the purchase or the bank can sell it to other buyers.
Ms. Weinstein said now that the plan has P&Z’s 8-24 approval, the next step will be to hold a public hearing to get public comment and input on the purchase.
The final decision to buy the property would be made by a vote at a Town Meeting.