LITCHFIELD — Following an extensive review, a subdivision plan has been approved that will pave the way for 15 new homes to be constructed in town.
The housing development will be built on a large, 30-acre parcel of land owned by the McQuesten family at 124 Hillcrest Road.
The subdivision approved by the planning board on Tuesday allows for 16 lots, although one of the lots will not include a new home, according to the plans.
“They would like to reserve the right to potentially build a barn on that lot,” said Tucker McCarthy of Keach-Nordstrom Associates.
That lot will mostly remain open space, and the railroad that runs through the property will also remain, according to McCarthy. He said the McQuesten family would like to continue farming a portion of the land, and one of the McQuesten children is expected to live on one of the sites.
The property is owned by the estate of Fred and Janet McQuesten. The McQuesten family currently operates a popular farm stand along the Charles Bancroft Highway in town.
There is an existing house on the large parcel that will stay intact.
“We did reconfigure the lots a little bit around the existing house,” McCarthy told the planning board.
The development has been dubbed Brookfield Acres, and the property will include a new public roadway, Firefly Way, which will extend through the center of the 30-acre parcel, according to the plans.
The roadway will be a dead-end street about 1,500 feet long.
According to McCarthy, there is a large wetland that is within the center of the lot, as well as a small stream. A special exception was requested to temporarily cross the wetland, within the buffer, to construct a proposed open-box culvert. State permits and other requirements will be necessary for the project to move forward.
McCarthy said an easement with Public Service of New Hampshire, now Eversource Energy, goes through the wetlands on the property.
The subdivision was unanimously approved by the planning board.
“We wish you the best of luck,” Michael Croteau, chairman of the board, told the developer.