Sutton Hill developers await public comment NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

January 28, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester Planning and Zoning Commission has set a 10-day public comment period before deciding whether the developers of the Sutton Hill subdivision should be required to fence and landscape the underground runoff-catchment pond at Sutton Court and Bachman Avenue.

The commission voted 4-0 Monday night not to require the developer to install the fencing and plant trees if no comments are received during the comment period.

If any comments are received, the matter will be considered at the next planning and zoning commission meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

The water-catchment pond looks like a large lawn with a drainage grate in the center of it, said David Johnson, spokesman for Sutton Industries Inc., the project's developers.

Chairman Benjamin Perricone said that, "To all intents and purposes, to a lay person, it [the catchment pond] is a field."

The original plan called for the catchment pond to be fenced with a chain-link fence four feet high and to be landscaped with evergreen trees of the same height.

Mr. Johnson said the water collects underground in a drainage field beneath the sod. Water doesn't accumulate on the surface, he said, so there is no danger of children drowning and no need for protective fencing.

"We can't think of a single reason why the fence and the trees should be there," he said.

Also, Mr. Johnson said, neighbors want the site to remain as it is because they fear the fence and trees would be a visual obstruction for traffic coming out of Sutton Court.

Miriam DePalmer, Manchester's assistant zoning administrator, said the facility has been in place during two years of heavy rains, and during that time water had not accumulated on the surface of the site.

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