Bristol Phoenix: Board throws cold water on Old Orchard Farm housing plan

Planners' vote may reduce potential homes from 36 to 0

By Kristen Ray

Last Thursday night's Planning Board meeting last well into the evening as two major development proposals, Old Orchard Farm and Longfield (see separate story), were subject to a passionate debate between concerned residents, hopeful applicants and skeptical board members.

John Lannan first made his case for Old Orchard Farm - an estimated 33-lot affording housing construction project on 16 acres of land just off of Hope Street - citing his previous track record and reputation in the community as reasons for the board to grant his three requested waivers and approve the plan.

Despite his credibility, numerous residents and planning board members were critical of various aspects of the proposal from concerns over drainage and changes in traffic patterns, to devaluing of neighboring properties and sheer density of the development.

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