The homes will be built on less than a quarter of the golf course – 20% of the total acres.
The remaining 180+ acres (80%) will be put into a permanent conservation easement to protect it from future development in perpetuity.
Protected land will include the golf course and open space around the Farmington River.
It will protect the land from alternative development such as retail, industrial, or affordable housing. Under Connecticut statute 8-30G, developers do NOT need a change in zone to convert land from agricultural to residential status.
The community will attract empty nesters and down-sizing families wishing to stay in the Farmington Valley, as well as young professionals.
The project will generate $1.2 million in new tax revenue annually.
With golf courses struggling for business and closing their doors, this plan provides Blue Fox Run Golf Course with a wonderful business opportunity to enhance their course into a Championship-quality 18-hole, par 72 public course.
The golf course will continue to cater to residents and students with affordable greens fees and a more accommodating policy for school teams, compared to private courses.
It’s estimated that, at most, the community would add 45 new students to the school system, with negligible impact on education spending.
Protecting the majority of the land from future development prevents unsightly industrial buildings or high traffic retail business.
Cooperative, transparent and environmentally conscious, the local development and building team cares deeply about this community. They’ve worked tirelessly with the owners of Blue Fox Run to create a sensible solution that protects 80% of the land and preserves the beloved lifestyle and character of Avon.
“As an Avon resident, it’s extremely important to me that the Blue Fox Run property remains a beautiful and valuable town asset. I worry that the next developer to come along may not have an affinity for Avon and could potentially build something that detracts from our character, overdevelops the area or spoils a wonderful natural resource.”
“Responsible development means environmentally responsible first and foremost. It’s important to build within the natural capacity of the land and make the smallest impact possible. To that end, we are working closely with a wildlife biologist and wetland scientist from Davison Environmental to help guide our planning and provide information to the zoning committee and Avon residents throughout the process.”
“While the style of and market for the new homes will be consistent with Avon’s character and way of life, what’s more important is what we’re not building. We’re incredibly proud that our development will allow the owners of Blue Fox Run to protect 180+ acres of open space. This land cannot be developed by anyone. For any reason. Forever. For the landowners to make that commitment is remarkable and a wonderful gift to the town.”
Submitted wetland amendment application and presented to the Inland/Wetland Commission at the Avon Town Meeting.
The second wetland delineation presentation was held at the Avon Town Meeting.
This was the third wetland delineation public hearing to review the proposed changes to the Avon Town Map. The public hearing was formally closed and no decision was made.
Avon Inland/Wetlands Commission voted to deny our map amendment application regarding wetlands on a portion of the land.
Our application was submitted to Avon’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Zone change application was presented at the first scheduled public hearing.
Zone change application presentations continued.
Tony Giorgio summarized the proposal before the Commission closed the public hearing process.
The members of the Planning and Zoning Commission will vote to either accept or deny our application. Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7PM at the Avon Middle School.