Varna townhouses project plan ready for review by town, public

By Brian Crandall
The Ithaca Voice

VARNA – A 36-unit market-rate townhouse project just outside Varna has been submitted to the Town of Dryden planning board for its consideration.
The $4.5 million dollar project, dubbed the “Evergreen Townhouses,” is proposed for a 6.54-acre parcel at 1061 Dryden Road, just east of the hamlet near the F. H. Fox rail bridge.


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A rendering shows one view of the proposed “Evergreen Townhouses” project.

At about 5.5 housing units per acre, the project exceeded the existing zoning (approximately 4.5 units per acre), and the zoning didn’t allow for the clustering of housing units. As a result, the Evergreen Townhouses were required to apply for Dryden’s “Planned Unit Development” zoning, a specialized form of zoning that allows for clustered housing and more flexibility in site planning, and would permit the project to continue with the review process. The Dryden planning board and the Dryden town board have to agree to and sign off on PUD zones.


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