Zoners approve plans for fields

The borough is planning to build  athletic fields on this land off of Osborn Road and Wisteria Drive in the Apple Hill Estates subdivision. –LUKE MARSHALL

The borough is planning to build athletic fields on this land off of Osborn Road and Wisteria Drive in the Apple Hill Estates subdivision. –LUKE MARSHALL

NAUGATUCK — The Zoning Commission approved plans in February for the construction of athletic fields on a 7.3-acre parcel of property at the Apple Hill Estates subdivision.

The plan is to build a full-sized baseball field and soccer field with lights on the land off of Osborn Road and Wisteria Drive. The driveway and parking lot for the field will be accessed near the cul-de-sac on Osborn Road.

The commission at first rejected the plans 2-2 with one abstention. Commissioners April Slauson and Wendyann Fowler voted against it due to concerns over the cost of the plan. Commissioner Matthew DeBarber abstained during the vote.

Commission members were advised by Borough Attorney Ned Fitzpatrick that they could not vote against the project due to monetary concerns. They could only vote against it if they felt it was against the zoning regulations.

The commission then voted 3-0 to approve the plans with Slauson and DeBarber abstaining.

The plan has already been accepted by Planning Commission and Board of Mayor and Burgesses.