AURORA – The planning commission March 4 approved a final site plan for a retail center on Route 306, which would total 30,400 square feet among five buildings.

Elm Aurora Ltd. plans to build 30,400 square feet of retail space called the Greens of Aurora on a 9-acre parcel on Route 306, a few hundred feet north of Route 82. Five structures are planned – two at 7,700 square feet each, one at 8,500 square feet and one at 4,500 square feet, according to plans.

A preliminary plan for the project was OK’d in September 2016 and an extension was granted in March 2018. A revised preliminary plan was approved Feb. 19.

Sam Cannata of Elm Aurora Ltd. said the plan calls for the main access to the development to align with an access drive to Barrington Town Square. He said a traffic study has been conducted, and a traffic light is warranted at the intersection of Route 306 and the two access drives.

Planning Zoning and Building Director Denise Januska noted a front building setback variance was granted by the board of zoning appeals in July 2016, and the developer has moved the buildings to the front of the property, with parking planned in the back.

The developer is planning 108 parking spaces, with another 38 landbanked. There is a conservation easement on the rear 3.8 acres of the property backing up to Royal Oaks Drive. Landscape and storm management plans and a wetlands delineation have been submitted.

Breezy Point seeks conditional certificate

The planning commission also voted to recommend City Council issue a conditional zoning certificate to Breezy Point Limited Partnership, which plans 16 single-family condominiums on 7.8 acres on the east side of Route 43 between the Barrington’s swim and tennis club and the Atrium at Anna Maria. City Council will render the final decision whether to approve the conditional zoning certificate.

Januska said a wetlands delineation and a wetlands setback variance are required, and the architectural board of review must evaluate each unit under the similarity guidelines.

Landowner representative Rob Benjamin said ProBuilt of Mentor would be the builder, and the development would cater to empty nesters. He estimated the homes would cost around $400,000.

Walden lot split OK’d

The commission also approved a lot split for Brandon Flesher involving a 2.5-acre parcel on the east side of South Bissell Road across from Knollwood Drive in Walden. One lot will be 1.3 acres and the other will be 1.2 acres. Flesher said he plans to build a home on one and sell the other.

Hawthorn proposals set for discussion

Finally, the planning panel accepted for study three items related to Hawthorn of Aurora: a revised development plan, a final plat for Phase 6, and requests for variances to riparian and wetlands setback rules. A public hearing was set for March 18 at 6:30 p.m. for the variances.

Hawthorn developer Mark Constantino said 52 lots are planned in Phase 6 on Reid’s Way, Nancy, Joseph and Bluebird streets. The phase is at the northern end of the development, just south of Aurora Lake Road.

A handful of residents from Sweetgrass Circle and Aurora Shores expressed concerns about water runoff and silt buildup in Aurora Lake.

Constantino said there are about 3,000 acres which drain into Aurora Lake, and Hawthorn comprises only about one-third of that.

"New construction will not cause additional silt runoff," he said. "We will have three retention basins in Phase 6, and there already are five in other parts of Hawthorn. We are following the rules so as not to cause additional drainage issues. Aurora Shores has no retention basins, and some of the silt buildup problems result from there not being basins at the end of Robinhood and Sherwood drives. We cannot control that."

The concerned residents were invited to speak at the March 18 public hearing.

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