Redding Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: Nancy King, seated as Chairman; Anda Cumings; Steve Gagnon; Regina O’Brien, Alt., seated for T. Welles; Claire Matzke, Alt., seated for L. Hoeing.
Absent: Toby Welles; Laura Hoeing
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:39 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES– Meeting of 3/28/17;
Site Walk 4/1/17-Dog Park Site at Topstone Park
On the motion of C. Matzke and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 3/28/17 Meeting Minutes.
On the motion of S. Gagnon and the second of C. Matzke, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 4/1/17 Site Walk Minutes.
1. Location of Dog Park. Max and David Daignault. Discussion re number of interested people, and plan for funding.
Max and David Daignault were present. Site Walk Minutes were read into the record. Commissioners reviewed Site Walk findings and noted their concerns.
On the motion of S. Gagnon and the second of C. Matzke, the Commission voted to send a positive referral to the Board of Selectmen subject to the following conditions: 1) receipt of concrete information re: number of users; 2) receipt of a plan re sustainability including financials, 3) consideration of the tough economic times and whether this is the right time for the project, 4) proposed fencing must maintain the present natural feel, 5) aesthetic details must be consistent with park environment, 6) consideration to be given to possible other locations at Topstone Park, 7) tree removal must not exceed trees greater than 8” in diameter; 8) Town liability and insurance coverage must be confirmed; 9) confirmation of sustainability re dog waste. R. O’Brien and A. Cumings opposed.
2. Reference App. #351, Lot 16, 66 Deer Hill Road, Stuart Laidlaw. Request to alter BCRL and Drainage. 40-scale map to be supplied by Redding Planning Commission.
No one was present for the applicant. Discussion tabled.
3. IHZ Status. 1) Separation of land outside Super 7 right-of-way per John Hayes for IHZ use. Request to be submitted to Selectmen, State Legislature and DOT. 2) Draft Amendment to 8-30g submitted for review. Report.
4. Cul de Sac Design and Sight Lines, Subdivision Regulations, Section 4.3 and Road Regulations. Meeting of Planning and Zoning designees with Highway Superintendent needed per Meadow Edge problem 3/22/16. Discussion re new dimensions. Action.
Discussion tabled pending update from T. Welles.
5. Town Plan of Conservation & Development 2008. Reports from the Chairmen of Chapters Two, Five, Seven, and Nine re 2008 Plan Recommendations to be (a) pursued currently, (b) continued to the 2018 Plan or (c) discontinued. Finalization necessary to begin 2018 Plan.
Commissions reviewed their chapters. S. Gagnon will work on Economics section. A. Cumings stated that Rob Dean will assist with Chapter 5.
6. Legislative Issues. John Hayes suggests Watershed Protection Bill per Adam Dunsby and possible letter to Western CT Regional Agency re watershed protection.
1. 64 Cross Highway, Susan Lockwood: Alteration to a Scenic Road. Request to change curb cut to improve sightlines approved 4/12/16 per Steve Kochis.
2. Reference App. #348, Lot 2, 8 Putnam Hill Drive. Fred Aley, owner. Map to be submitted showing new BCRL.
3. Reference App. #505, Request for Costa Stergue to complete his road to Town requirements. Alexis Bennett, 20 Costa Lane. Tabled on 1/24/17.
4. Changes to IHZ overlay zone on Old Mill Road.
5. Common Driveway Easement and Maintenance Agreement for standard use per App. #496, 7/12/16.
6. Subdivision Regulation Revisions, i.e. 4.5.
7. Scenic Road Monitoring. Reports by Commission members.
IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Commissioners reviewed Scenic Road assignments. A. Cumings will send a memo to T. Welles and J. Brooks re: Lee Lane boulders. C. Matzke will send a memo to S. McNamara, T. Welles and J. Brooks re: Mark Twain Lane. A. Cumings will send a memo to T. Welles and J. Brooks re: Sherman Turnpike.
On the motion of C. Matzke and the second of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly