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KENT—The Park & Recreation Commission has conditionally agreed to the transfer of just over one acre of town-owned land on Kent Commons to Kent Affordable Housing. 

KAH has sought a parcel toward which it can direct storm water runoff from a proposed addition to its South Commons affordable housing complex, but Park & Rec had demurred because it was eyeing the same site for additional parking.

When KAH President Justin Potter suggested taking a smaller section close to, or in, a wetlands area for the drainage, the deadlock was broken. Potter also suggested that Park & Rec could direct storm water from around its tennis courts to the same area.

First Selectman Marty Lindenmayer presented the agreed-upon map to his board the evening of Dec. 11 and the selectmen voted to refer it to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration. The Inland Wetlands Commission must give its approval to the proposal before the PZC can act.

Potter told the board that the next step is for an attorney to work out the provisions of the conditional agreement before it is taken to the town for a vote, with the stipulation that all relevant approvals be obtained.

“There will be plenty of opportunity going forward to review the project,” he said. 

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