Redding Zoning Commission
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes
July 12, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Hearing Room
100 Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut
Present: Gerry Casiello, Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary; Commissioner Matt Lecher;
Commissioner Ted Ogonek; Commissioner Paul Scholl; Alternate Gary Miyashiro.
Also Present: Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; applicant and a member of the public.
1. Application 17 – 15Z and 16Z 26 Goodsell Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 42 – 100) and 30 Goodsell Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 42 – 150); Owner: Thira LLC, Representative Tom Quinn P.E.. Request for a Special Use Permit for earth moving in excel of 300 cubic yards. Received June 14, 2017; Public Hearing July 12, 2017.
All regular members of the commission were seated. Ms. Atamian read the call for the hearing; on the motion of Mr. Ogonek and the second of Mr. Lecher, the commission voted unanimously to accept the call and open the public hearing at 7:30 p.m.
The applicant was not present so the Chairman asked Ms. Pardee to explain the status of these properties. Ms. Pardee briefly spoke regarding the history of the properties and stated that they are currently rough graded with weed growth. At 7:32, Tom Quinn arrived and explained the application. He said that he was representing Thira LLC and James Slattery. He stated that the owner did filling on the lots in the past, installed septic systems, and rough graded; he now wishes to dress both lots with topsoil so that he can grow a lawn on them and make them more attractive for marketing. The Chairman asked if there would be any cutting/filling and Mr. Quinn said that the application is just for importation of topsoil to be spread approximately 3” to 4” deep. He said the total amount of material to be brought in would be around 700 cubic yards. The Commission asked how much time it would take to do the work; Mr. Quinn said that the work would be done as material became available.
The Chairman read into the record a letter from the Planning Commission. He asked Mr. Quinn about erosion control. Mr. Quinn said there is already erosion control at #26 Goodsell which was installed when other work was done. Additional measures will be installed on #30 Goodsell. The Chairman then read a letter from neighbors Katherine and Eric Baumgartner expressing concern regarding truck traffic. The Commission discussed the regulations regarding earth moving and noted that the work may only occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Mr. Quinn also said the work will likely occur with just a few trucks at a time since the topsoil will be excess from other projects instead of being bulk purchased for this job. Mr. Scholl asked how many truck loads it would take to complete the work; Mr. Quinn said around 30.
Malcolm McGregor, of Beeholm Road, spoke regarding the application. He asked why this application had come before the commission and the Chairman explained that it was required since material to be imported exceeded 300 cubic yards. Mr. McGregor then asked it the drainage from the lots was going to be changed; Mr. Quinn showed Mr. McGregor the map of the properties and explained that no change to the drainage patterns is proposed.
Hearing no further questions or comments, Mr. Ogonek moved to close the public hearing at 7:46 p.m. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
The Chairman explained that, since Mr. Scholl was not present at the June 14, 2017 meeting, he was unseating Mr. Scholl and seating Mr. Miyashiro for the first two items on the agenda.
1. Approval of Minutes.
-Public Hearing and Regular Meeting of June 14, 2017.
On the motion of Mr. Ogonek, and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the commission voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2017 public hearing and meeting.
2. Application 17 – 14Z 81 Sunset Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 9 – 45), Owner: Michele Holmes. Request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment in accordance with Section 5.12 of the Redding Zoning Regulations. Received May 10, 2017; Public Hearing June 14, 2017. Further discussion/action.
The Chairman noted that, during the previous deliberation regarding this application, the commission had asked Ms. Pardee to provide information regarding the parking on this property. Ms. Pardee stated that she had frequently observed the property and provided a log of the observations to the commission. The Chairman reviewed the log. Ms. Pardee noted that, on one visit, she had walked the property and confirmed that the survey provided by the applicant accurately depicts the current driveway and parking configuration. She said that she identified a minimum of eight conforming parking spaces and further stated that the town records indicated six vehicles currently registered to the property.
The Chairman reviewed the required findings for a Special Permit and for an attached accessory apartment. He concluded that the information provided by the applicant, along with the information regarding the parking provided by the enforcement officer, appeared to demonstrate that the accessory apartment as proposed would meet all requirements.
Mr. Lecher moved that the commission approve application 17 – 14z and grant the Special Use Permit. Mr. Ogonek seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
At this time, the Chairman re-seated Mr. Scholl for Mr. Miyashiro.
3. Application 17 – 15Z and 16Z 26 Goodsell Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 42 – 100) and 30 Goodsell Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 42 – 150); Owner: Thira LLC, Representative Tom Quinn P.E.. Request for a Special Use Permit for earth moving in excel of 300 cubic yards. Received June 14, 2017; Public Hearing July 12, 2017. If public hearing closed, discussion/action.
The commission discussed the application and discussed the current condition of the lots. There was agreement that adding topsoil and planting the soil could reduce runoff from the properties. They discussed the need for erosion control measures including possibly a tracking pad, and also confirmed the hours of operation as stated in the Zoning Regulations.
On the motion of Mr. Ogonek, and the second of Mr. Lecher, the commission voted unanimously to approve Application 17 – 15Z and 16Z noting that the approval is contingent upon approval of erosion control measures by the Zoning Enforcement Officer and the owner working only during the hours allowed by the regulations.
On the motion of Mr. Casiello and the second of Mr. Lecher, the commission voted unanimously to add the following item to the agenda:
Application 17-20Z – Owner: Town of Redding; Applicant: Jennifer Hunt on behalf of Haven Hunt. 72 Topstone Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 27 – 67). Request for a Limited Duration Special Use Permit in accordance with Section 5.11.2 of the Redding Zoning Regulations to hold a “ Redding Hive Event” on Saturday September 9th with a rain date of Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at Topstone Park, Redding CT. For discussion/action.
The Chairman noted that this event was held in May and was successful and well received. The Chairman further noted that, for the future, it might be easier for the applicant to pick all the dates for this event for a year and come in to the commission once for those dates.
On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Ogonek, the commission voted unanimously to approve Application 17 – 20Z.
The Chairman raised the issue of so called “granny pods”; he noted that The Redding Pilot had reported on the Planning Commission discussing this issue. Ms. Pardee stated that she had received a legislative update that included PA-155: “An Act Concerning Temporary Healthcare Structures”. This act makes it easier to install these structures as it allows for the bypass of some local zoning regulations although towns may “opt-out” via a vote by both the Planning Commission and the Board of Selectmen. At this time, Planning has voted against opting out.
There was a general discussion of the provisions of the public act and it was agreed that this issue needs to be explored with land use attorneys or members of CAZEO (Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers) to see how other towns will respond to the legislation.
5. Future Agenda Items:
No items were discussed under this agenda item.
No items were discussed under this agenda item.
On the motion of Mr. Lecher and the second of Ms. Atamian, the commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:20 p.m.