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Westport planning board set for public hearing on Rolling Hills

WESTPORT-The public hearing on a proposed 99-unit development in Westport will be held next week.

The public hearing for the Rolling Hills Farms development proposal will take place at the Westport town offices on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

"The complete application is supposed to be filed on May 18 and the following Wednesday will be the public hearing," town supervisor Daniel Connell said. "After that, the planning board will be going over the plans and making their decision."

Planning board chairman William Johnston said that he and his colleagues have been going over the project since it was proposed in February.

"We have been under way in reviewing this project for a matter of months now," Johnston said. "We have an attorney and planning firm that is assisting us to sort out the information, with the review of the application and with the input that we receive from the public hearing."

Johnston said that the planning board was scheduled to meet on May 18, when the application would be submitted, and he anticipated that the application would be deemed complete at that time. He added that he feels a decision will be made on the project by the planning board's June meeting.

"I would expect some action at the June 22 meeting," Johnston said.

Previous meetings involving Dave Mann, who recently purchased a 1,300-acre parcel in Westport formerly owned by past State Republican Committee head Sandy Treadwell, brought out large numbers of residents who wanted to hear more about the project.

The plan calls for 37 new buildings, which together would contain 99 living units, including 33 cottage duplexes and a large three-wing "Manor House" with 10 units in each wing. In addition, a centrally-located educational center would offer members instruction in maple sugaring and baking as well as a supply depot where members could pick up farm products.

Colin Wells contributed to this story

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