Large Sylvan Road North property to be divided | Westport Journal

50 Sylvan Road North / Photo by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — A 3-acre property on Sylvan Road North would be split in two under an application before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The application for No. 50 would be, in zoning terms, a re-subdivision because the original property was subdivided more than 60 years ago.

The 11,000-square-foot 1920s Tudor Revival estate would remain at No. 50 on 1.83 acres. The new lot in front of it, 1.07 acres, would be No. 52.

A new access road accounts for the rest of the land.

“This was the ‘mother’ lot left after a 1961 subdivision of the total parcel … which created many lots east of this property all the way over to Pequot Trail,” wrote Rick Benson of R.B. Benson and Co., the applicant/contract buyer of the new lot, No. 52.

A subdivision map from 1961 shows the original property stretching all the way to Nash’s Pond.

“The existing home, pool, tennis court and other appurtenances will remain for the new owner of the rear lot,” Benson wrote. “A new single-family residence and appurtenances will be constructed on the new front lot.”

He said a site plan for the proposed new home would be submitted after re-subdivision approval is obtained.

“We will be happy to answer any questions during the Zoom public hearing expected to be Feb. 5,” Benson wrote.

The P&Z has an online meeting at 7 p.m. that night, but a meeting link and agenda are not yet posted.

Several town departments have told the P&Z they have no comments on the application. Ted Gill, a town engineer, did have a few concerns.

One was about storm drainage.

“For new lots to be created in a subdivision [or re-subdivision], they must show that conceptually, they do have the area for a drainage system of that size,” Gill wrote.

He also said the applicant “must show a conceptual site plan for the two lots showing compliance for the driveways as well, regarding sightlines.”

And, Gill noted, “The proposed accessway and driveway for the existing house are adjacent to an existing private road. As such, the driveway will be too close to an intersection, which would require the Board of Selectwomen to grant a waiver from the Driveway Ordinance for the separation distance from a driveway to an intersection.”

Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 35 years. Reach him at Learn more about us here.

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