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Old 01-15-2014, 08:02 AM
 
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You don't have to go through New Haven. You can hop right on 15, and getting to Fairfield via 15 is easy. It's really an easy commute, and only once a week? So easy.

I don't see how Washington/Roxbury is any easier... you'd have to go down 25, which is maddening at commute times.
I don't see the appeal of Roxbury or Washington over several other of the communities in play anyway. Great scenery, great weekend communities, quiet, but Roxbury doesnt offer much for a family and Washington is a bit farther off the beaten path than other towns

Woodbury has a couple of top notch preschools, 4H, scouting, sports - and you don't have to drive 20 minutes to a grocery store or gas station. The farming culture in the area is such that you can easily access meat, dairy, eggs and produce that has been raised/farmed within a 10 mile radius.

I am sure Durham has some of the same family oriented activities, and it also has the convenience factor of local services plus easy proximity to the big box places in Wallingford or Middletown. It'd be an easier commute to Hartford if that was ever a possibility too.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:51 AM
 
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There are a few rural towns left that won't allow the subdividing. At least until their zoning laws change.
Newtown, Monroe, Southbury, Easton, Woodbury, Oxford, Middleburg all have minimum zoning...some 1.5 but some 2.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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Newtown, Monroe, Southbury, Easton, Woodbury, Oxford, Middleburg all have minimum zoning...some 1.5 but some 2.
Even beyond that, there are towns that won't subdivide the 5+ acre lots.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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Even beyond that, there are towns that won't subdivide the 5+ acre lots.
Like what towns? As long as it meets the min requirement it should be fine
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:31 AM
 
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One cannot subdivide a five acre lot just like that. All towns have zoning requirements that go along something like this. Assuming a minimum one acre zoning and no wetlands ----

Every lot must have a minimum street frontage
If there is not enough minimum street frontage to create additional lots, then the town may permit a rear lot. Each town with have a bunch of regulations on what is permitted for a rear lot. Some towns will only allow one, others more.
Since the towns in question are well & septic system places, each lot must be able to support a well and septic system. Subdividing to create lots useful for chopping wood and not much else is a waste of time and money.
Each buildable lot created not only must be able to support a well and septic system, it must meet town regulations for having a buildable square. That means a town allowed area to place a house.
If the original 5 acre lot has already been subdivided once, it usually cannot be subdivided again. In other words, if the 5 acre lot was created from a much larger parcel, then it will remain a 5 acre lot.

Creating lots in areas with public utilities is much easier, except for the second and statements above.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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One cannot subdivide a five acre lot just like that. All towns have zoning requirements that go along something like this. Assuming a minimum one acre zoning and no wetlands ----

Every lot must have a minimum street frontage
If there is not enough minimum street frontage to create additional lots, then the town may permit a rear lot. Each town with have a bunch of regulations on what is permitted for a rear lot. Some towns will only allow one, others more.
Since the towns in question are well & septic system places, each lot must be able to support a well and septic system. Subdividing to create lots useful for chopping wood and not much else is a waste of time and money.
Each buildable lot created not only must be able to support a well and septic system, it must meet town regulations for having a buildable square. That means a town allowed area to place a house.
If the original 5 acre lot has already been subdivided once, it usually cannot be subdivided again. In other words, if the 5 acre lot was created from a much larger parcel, then it will remain a 5 acre lot.

Creating lots in areas with public utilities is much easier, except for the second and statements above.
You also forgot that each lot must have a reserve area for a future septic system should the original septic system fail. When you take into account the minimum distance requirement from a well, a one acre lot must have excellent soils in order to support the well and septic requirements. And don't forget you cannot use steep slopes or rocky areas, both common feature of land here in Connecticut. Jay
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