Town Requests Zone Change for Oakes Nature Preserve

The property is owned by the Avon Land Trust.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will review an application from the town Tuesday night to change the zone of the Oakes Nature Preserve.

The formality will more accurately reflect the land as open space, according to the Avon Planning and Community Development Office. It is currently zoned as residential and the town is requesting that it be re-categorized as recreational open space.

The preserve is named after the Oakes family. Avon Town Historian Nora Oakes Howard's family donated a small parcel of land that the Avon Land Trust swapped for the 17-acre property. The preserve is located at 65 Chidsey Rd.

The public can enjoy the pond, swamp, meadow and woodlands on the parcel, as well as hiking trails, a gazebo and an old wagon road leading to where the old town center used to be.

The Avon Land Trust held a dedication ceremony for the preserve in October.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Selectmen's Conference Room in , Building One.


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