JACKSON — Testimony on a plaintiff’s plan to build single-family homes, affordable rental housing and a place of worship on a 159-acre parcel is set to resume at the September 7 meeting of the Jackson Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Council’s agenda for tonight’s meeting indicates that Swanborne, LLC’s application, which was previously heard on June 15, will continue at the September 7 meeting which begins at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building, West Veterans Highway.

Jackson Zoning Board meetings are broadcast live from the Town Hall.

Swanborne, LLC, which is represented by attorney John Giunco, is seeking preliminary and final major subdivision approval and preliminary and final major site plan approval for a proposed project on a property bounded by the East Veterans Highway (Route 528) to the north, south Hope Chapel Road (Route 547) to the east, and Whitesville Road (Route 527) to the south and west.

According to a legal notice published by the applicant, the application proposes to subdivide the property to allow the construction of a residential development of 253 units, including 205 single-family homes for sale at market price (two existing residences will remain); a lot for the construction of six buildings containing a total of 48 rental units that would be affordable for very low, low and middle income families and individuals; and a lot for the construction of a two-storey place of worship.

The property is within Jackson Regional Growth Zone 2 and the proposed uses are conditionally permitted in this zone. The development would be serviced by public water and sewer services.

Swanborne, LLC, is seeking conditional relief from usage differentials to allow affordable housing buildings to have eight units per building, where a local ordinance allows a maximum of four units per building. A previous plan proposed 42 affordable housing units; this number has now been increased to 48 units.

Town planner Ian Borden testified on behalf of the applicant at the June 15 meeting. Among other development details, Borden said the plan proposes an outdoor recreation area that would include a basketball court, toddler playground and play structure, as well as a nature trail. There will be no recreation building on site.

Borden said the residential portion of the project would be built in three phases; the first phase would consist of 78 houses and an affordable housing building; the second phase would add 64 houses and three affordable housing buildings; and the third phase would add 61 homes and two affordable housing buildings.

The minimum lot size for homes is 10,000 square feet (about a quarter of an acre) and that meets Jackson’s requirements, according to Borden, who said no waivers were being sought for any of the single-family lots.

The affordable housing buildings would be two stories under 35 feet tall, and of the 48 rental units there would be 12 two-bedroom apartments and 36 three-bedroom apartments, all with parking spaces provided, according to testimony.

About the proposal place of worship, Borden said it is planned on the eastern part of the site, off South Hope Chapel Road. He said a place of worship is a permitted use in the area, subject to certain conditions.

Church services would be held daily in the 8,700 square foot building. There would be a social hall in the building, but no weddings or school operations would take place in the house of worship, according to Borden.

The place of worship is proposed to be built on 5 acres of land (2 acres are required) and its height of 35 feet is in accordance with the local ordinance, according to Borden.

One issue that came up during Borden’s testimony was Giunco’s acknowledgment that the Swanborne application has a General Development Plan (GDP).

The GDP is an overall presentation of what an applicant offers on a site, but it does not include a specific description of each element of the planned development. Details are provided when each item is presented to the board.

Zoning board member James Hurley said Swanborne’s GDP did not include a place of worship.

Giunco ​​said the current proposal is “essentially similar” to the GDP that was approved. The attorney said that while the GDP was not scrapped, “modifications” were being proposed.

Discussion of this item ended without a conclusion as to whether the GDP would require an amendment to include a place of worship.