PZC Shoots Down Toll Bros. Old Mystic Estates Drainage Plan

It's back to the drawing board for the developers. Meanwhile, especially on a day like today, the potential for mudslides and flooding for downhill neighbors is still a reality.

Back to the drawing board for Toll Brothers and its Old Mystic Estates of Stonington drainage problem.

The company’s Old Mystic Estates, described here as “the only new home community with walking trails, open space, and private wooded home sites located within 10 minutes of historic downtown Mystic,” has lost its bid for a new drainage plan, as reported by The Sun.

Toll Brothers asked the town Planning and Zoning Commission for its blessing on a plan that the developer claimed would have solved a portion of the development’s big problem: flooding and mudslides suffered by neighbors at the project’s crossroads at Jerry Browne Road, Whitehall Avenue and Pequot Trail. The project address is 172 Nautilus Way. 

Indeed, last June when the region suffered torrential rains, a mudslide meant destroyed landscapes and mud breeching foundations for homes  downhill from the development. 

In the Patch story at the time, some unhappy residents took to the comments section to criticize the developer, “America’s Luxury Homebuilder,” for an ill-conceived plan for the beginning.

“That whole Toll Brothers project was a disaster from day one,” one commenter wrote.

And on Stonington Patch Facebook June 7, 2013, a commenter offered this wasn’t “the first mudslide there.”

On the company’s Mystic Estates webpage, there are six reviews from four reviewers who praise the company.

On the Consumer Affairs website, Toll Brothers, who does not respond to complaints posted on the site, had 27 complaints, leading to a rating of less than one star out of five.

Here’s the Better Business Bureau report on Toll Brothers complaints.







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