Old Saybrook Residents Oppose Preserve Development
January 14, 2011
Residents and town officials in Old Saybrook argued against a recent application to build a housing development on The Preserve, a protected parcel of 934 acres shared by Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook.
The Preserve comprises one of the last undisturbed coastal forests in Connecticut, as well as 114 acres of wetlands, and is important to the health of several watersheds and Long Island Sound.
Locals voiced their opposition at a recent Planning Commission public hearing attended by about 60 people. Those opposing the development hold that it will contribute to urban sprawl, create septic system issues and hurt the surrounding ecosystem. The public hearing will be continued on January 19.
This marks the second time locals have fought River Sound Development LLC’s plans for development of The Preserve.