FAIRFIELD — A 100-unit apartment building, part of which would be set aside for affordable housing, moved closer to becoming a reality after receiving conditional approval from the city’s Inland Wetlands Agency this summer.

The Inland Wetlands Agency, part of the Conservation Commission, has approved a plan to build a 100-unit apartment building with parking underneath and around. The request complied with state law 8-30g, which means that at least 30% of the apartments in the building would be reserved as affordable. The 4.72-acre parcel is part of the Cricker Brook watershed and sits on a steep, wooded hill, according to city documents.

Approval is conditional on the developer providing information requested by the Department of Conservation, said department director Timothy Bishop.

Bishop said his department still needs information on the amount of dust and sediment from dump truck traffic on the road, a written plan for the Black Rock Turnpike street sweep, a Planting plan to help offset the removal of trees on the property and detailed logging, land clearing plan and soil and erosion control.

“It’s not just about changing something on the drawing and resubmitting it,” he said. “There are still important conditions that are valuable for the application under the commission.”

The bishop said that developer’s initial app was denied because some concerns remained unaddressed, including where the Aquarion Water Company’s 48-inch water main was located in relation to the project.

“Another concern related to the fact that no geotechnical investigation had been completed at the time – although it was completed at the end of the hearing process, but the report was not provided,” said he declared.

Bishop said there are also questions about whether there is bedrock on the property and whether blasting should be done.

The information the agency was looking for was included in the developer’s new app in late spring, he said.

Other concerns were raised during the hearings, however, such as the plan for the removal of unearthed materials and the possible impact on sediment erosion and stormwater drainage, Bishop said.

“Protecting the land, the wetland and the nearby watercourse was the agency’s core competence,” he said. “They made some changes to the design, and it was beneficial.”

When the agency approved the application with conditions, Bishop said, the developer agreed to give the city more information about its plans. He said they had yet to provide that information, so the Department of Conservation had not issued a final permit.

Bishop said the developer can now go to the City Planning and Zoning Commission and go through that process while responding to requests from the Conservation Department.

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