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Avon Planning and Zoning Commission Approves Proposed Lawsuit Settlement

Months after a rejected application requesting a zone change for 6.25 acres of Golf Club of Avon land, neighbors still oppose the subdivision that the zone change would allow.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted by a majority Tuesday night to approve a proposed settlement for a lawsuit appealing a zone change application rejected in July.

That endorsement is pending Hartford Superior Court approval. The settlement agreement would also need to be signed by complainants Golf Club of Avon and JZMAR, LLC.

The vote came after a lengthy public hearing in a packed room of Avon residents.

Once the settlement agreement becomes official, the commission would first approve the zone change of 6.25 acres of Golf Club of Avon property within a day of the decision, overturning its July denial of the application. It was that rejection that sparked the appeal.

The golf club planned to sell that piece of its private recreational open space property to Avon developer Jon Zieky, an integral component to his housing development plan. Without the zone change, Zieky could not build on that property.

Many who spoke at the public hearing live on Pioneer Drive and are neighbors of a proposed five-lot subdivision that would move forward under the settlement agreement.

Neighbors voiced their concerns for losing the open space that was a draw when they bought their homes and the possible negative impact on the value of their homes.

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