Princeton Planning Board to consider revised townhouse application on Linden Lane

The Princeton Planning Board is expected to consider Simplify Living’s revised concept site plan for a three-unit townhouse development, proposed for 39 Linden Lane, at its May 19 meeting at 7 p.m.

Simplify Living has submitted a revised concept plan for the townhouse development project. The original application had been set for a public hearing at the April 7 Planning Board meeting, but it was canceled.

The Revised Concept Plan shows a revision to the driveway connection to the townhouses. The original plan called for a new driveway entrance to the property, but the revised concept plan uses the existing shared driveway with the adjacent property.

Simplify Living is seeking approval of a minor site plan with deviations for the proposed development, which is billed as an infill development, according to documents on file with Princeton’s planning department.

Among the variances sought are those regarding individual lot size, lot depth, lot width, rear yard setback, and front yard setback. The minimum lot width required is 60 feet, but the existing lot is 50 feet wide.

A single family home on the lot at 39 Linden Lane was demolished in anticipation of construction of the three townhouse subdivision. The proposed development is a permitted use in the R-4 zone.

The townhouse building is proposed to be constructed perpendicular to Linden Lane. A unit’s entrance will face Linden Lane; the central unit entrance will face the side yard; and the rear unit entrance will face the back yard.

The January 24 staff report, prepared by Land Use Engineer James Purcell and Zoning Officer Derek Bridger, noted that the R-4 zone envisions side-by-side adjoining units facing the street , with conventional side and rear yards.

The plan shows three parking spaces: one for each unit. There is an electric vehicle charging station for each parking space.

Each townhouse will have a living room, dining room, kitchen and powder room on the first floor, and two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room on the second floor.

Meanwhile, the Historic Preservation Commission considered and then rejected the request at its March 21 meeting. Linden Lane is part of the proposed Tree Streets Historic District in the Historic Preservation Component of the Princeton Community Master Plan.

The Historic Preservation Commission, which is advisory to the planning board, must provide its recommendation to the council on the application, as it is located in a proposed historic district.

Some of the members of the Historic Preservation Commission have criticized the size of the proposed development, as well as its architectural design. The consensus was that it did not reflect the neighborhood and would not be a good fit.

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