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Does Farmington Need Another Assisted Living Facility?

The answer to that question will determine whether a zone change is appropriate at the proposed location on Scott Swamp Road in Farmington.

The Farmington Town Planning and Zoning Commission met on Jan. 13, 2014. Credit: Patch File Photo
The Farmington Town Planning and Zoning Commission met on Jan. 13, 2014. Credit: Patch File Photo
After a lengthy public hearing at its Monday meeting, the Farmington Town Planning and Zoning Commission tabled its decision on a proposed assisted living facility to Jan. 27.

Columbia Wegman Acquisitions, LLC applied to build an assisted living facility in Farmington. The proposed site is on Route 6 across from Village Gate, an independent senior living community, according to Philip Dunn Jr., the commission chairman. 

The Washington D.C. company is looking to put the facility at 99, 101 and 111 Scott Swamp Road and has applied for a zone change and special permit to do so. The applicant has also submitted a site plan for the project. 

"The zone change requires a finding that there is a need for one of these facilities in Farmington," Dunn said. 

Directors from Village Gate, Middlewoods and the Gables said it is not, address the commission at the meeting about "their own difficulties renting units over the last few years," Dunn said.

Traffic was a major focus of the conversation about the proposal and "whether access onto Route 6 was safe," Dun said. While the commission brought up the idea of an access point on Hyde Road, the applicant and neighbors opposed that option.  

The commission will discuss the application again at its next meeting so that the applicant can research the traffic questions officials posed.

Do you think an assisted facility is needed at the proposed location?

Paul Chotkowski January 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM
You've gotta love Progressive Collectivist NIMBYs! We will decide if what you want to build is needed! The answer to every Application is always the same, No, pull in the welcome mat, and deny any change that allows a property owner [say a Mormon Temple] to be built if it adds one more car to the traffic in the town. Afterall if we save only one child or if it adds only one car, we must ban it. If someone asserts that it would save just one child we ban rifles and register all owner - Papiere Papier, wo sind Ihre Papier - OOPS that was last year’s use of coercive force - sorry. Back on track, but if the state wants to build something, say a hospital expansion or a bio research facility, well then bring it on! Love it! It would be great for the community [well at least the common good] and the tax bases [love the reliability of those payments in lieu of property taxes]! And since when do NIMBYs care about the vacancy rate at an Assisted Living center? How about a strategic plan with clear, simple, and public land use criteria against which applications can be judged [even if you are not on the elected board]. Reasonable, clear rules fairly applied now that’s hope and change I could support!
Bill Stanford January 15, 2014 at 07:26 PM
For most of us, the purchase of a home is the largest purchase we will ever make. Zoning rules allow us to make that purchase with some confidence in what will be built around us. This applicant wants to change the zoning on that site. While that may be a good idea, the Zoning Board has an obligation to investigate the pros/cons of the requested change. Btw - the Morman Temple is under construction in our community on a site that required a zone change.
Candy McGinnis January 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM
We have 3 assisted living facilities in town. Are they full? Are they turning people away? Will a new one have at least part of the facility "affordable"? Maybe the question is do we need an affordable assisted living facility so that people who can't afford the Gables have another option.

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