Dave Mann listens during a Westport planning board meeting on the Rolling Hills Farm permit.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued “I’m very proud of the planning board,” Johnston said at the time. “They did their job extremely conscientiously. They got into all the details and made sure that they understood it.”
The sale of the property was closed Dec. 9, four months after the permits had been approved.
In speaking with the Planning and Town Boards, Mann described the proposed project as a private club centered around “a full-scale working farm,” a retreat where members could leave behind their cell phones and laptops and immerse themselves in the simplicity of an earlier era.
The property, located at the intersection of Camp Dudley Road and Route 9N/22, includes over 1,000 acres of farmland, but virtually all the proposed development would take place within approximately 60 acres along the northern edge, where the previous owners had their residences.
Colin Wells contributed to this story