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Shelton Zoning Commission Approves Controversial Shelter Ridge Development

About a dozen demonstrators protested the Towne Center at Shelter Ridge project at Shelton City Hall last month.
About a dozen demonstrators protested the Towne Center at Shelter Ridge project at Shelton City Hall last month. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
An artist's rendering of the proposed Towne Center at Shelter Ridge in Shelton
An artist's rendering of the proposed Towne Center at Shelter Ridge in Shelton Photo Credit: Facebook

SHELTON, Conn. -- The Shelton Planning & Zoning Commission approved a controversial proposal for a 121-acre mixed use residential and commercial development on Bridgeport Avenue at its meeting Tuesday night, according to the Shelton Herald.

The proposal, dubbed Towne Center at Shelter Ridge, calls for luxury apartments and about 335,000 square feet of retail space as well as professional and medical office space. It would be located on Bridgeport Avenue near Mill Street.

Opponents of the project formed a group called Save Our Shelton, which protested at several P&Z Commission meetings during the approval process, arguing that the development would cause too much traffic, destroy quality of life and risk over-developing Shelton.

Related story: Protesters at City Hall call for 'No' vote on huge Shelton development

The project was approved by the P&Z Commission by a 4-2 vote Tuesday, according to the Shelton Herald. Members who voted in favor of the project said it was an appropriate use of the private land, which is owned by the Wells family, and that the project had been fully scrutinized, the Shelton Herald reported.

Those against the project shouted and booed as it was approved by the commission on Tuesday, according to the Shelton Herald. Many carried signs speaking out against the project, as well as ones that implied that P&Z members who voted in favor of it could face challenges in their next election as a result, the Shelton Herald reported. Opponents also told the Shelton Herald that they would try to prevent the project from getting approval from the Inland Wetlands Commission, or possibly mount a legal challenge to the proposal.

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