On the same night that a scenic road designation was approved for Chester Place in the town's Southport section, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission last week also moved to send an application for a two-lot subdivision at 95 Chester Place to a public hearing.
If a street is designated a scenic road, any changes to the public roadway itself must be approved by the TPZ.
The scenic road application was submitted by Station Street resident James Bohan, who referred to the short street that runs between Main Street and Pequot Avenue as part of a "beautiful corridor" to Southport Harbor. "It forms part of the gateway to the village standing between the Southport railroad station and the scenic road Station Street on one side, and Main Street and Southport Harbor on the other," he said at last month's public hearing on the scenic road designation.
The application for the Chester Place subdivision was filed by Walter Buck, owner of the 2.69-acre lot at 95 Chester Place. The application seeks to subdivide the property into two residential lots, and would deed a portion of land along Chester Place to the town.
John Fallon, Buck's lawyer, said under zoning regulations, a local road must have a width of 50 feet, although that does not mean the paved portion of the road must be 50 feet wide. In this instance, he said, the property would be deeded to the town to allow for the required width.
"It's done all over town," Fallon said, but added that since Chester Place now has a scenic road designation, the chances of the town ever actually widening the paved portion are nil. "It will never happen," he said.
Fallon said the property owner originally wanted to subdivide the parcel into three lots -- one with the existing house and two new lots.
"After talking with the neighbors and taking everything into consideration, we decided to reduce it," Fallon said.