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Minutes of Conservation Commission, 07/21/2020

AGENDA: Conservation Commission

RECEIVED 07/27/2020 8:32am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Redding Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Via Zoom

Present via video: David Pattee, Chairman; Stuart Green; Tina Miller; William Hill; Wallace Perlman.

Absent: Susan Robinson; Claire Matzke

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

I.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES     -Meeting of July 7, 2020

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 7/7/20 Minutes.

Application #20-06, Roger and CIJ Lancaster (owners), LandTech (agent), 130 Topstone Road. Received 4/7/20, Discussion and possible vote on an application for activities associated with a proposed 4-lot subdivision to include Single Family Residences within the regulated area. Discussion 4/19/20. 65-day extension granted.

Curt Lowenstein and Robert Pryor were present via Zoom in addition to Mr. Lancaster.  D. Pattee reported that new plans were submitted to the Land Use Office. The new Site Plans were screenshared and changes were reviewed.  The driveway is now proposed to be semi-pervious and pipe drainage systems were removed allowing for more sheet flow off the gravel driveway. Mr. Pryor stated that out of 269 acres of watershed that discharged into culverts under Topstone Road, the proposal is now development of 6-7 acres.

Mr. Pryor noted that the proposed low-impact development and on-site stormwater demonstrates no increase in discharge on the site. The disturbance caused by the larger raingarden is reduced from 17,000 sq. ft. to 12,225 sq. ft. Changes on the stormwater management report include a Cultec system on Lot 1 and smaller raingardens on Lots 2 and 3. The houses and septic are the same and the stormwater management systems are smaller and pulled away from the upland review area.

Mr. Pattee spoke to the dedication of permanent open space instead of leaving future development to chance. Mr. Lancaster responded that he does not plan on further development other than a possible subdivision for family.  He will consult his attorney regarding subdividing among family.

Possible open space locations were discussed by Commissioners.  D. Pattee noted that wetland areas are already protected and are not considered for designated open space. The Planning Commission will request an open space recommendation after they have reviewed the application. Tina Miller noted that the application when first submitted noted an area proposed for a 10% open space donation.

Commission Counsel will be requested again to submit an opinion on the statue re: family subdivision.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Perlman, the Commission voted unanimously to approve Application #20-06 with the recommendation that the open space set-aside be forwarded to the Planning Commission as recommended by the Conservation Commission on Map C-1.0.Update regarding violation of Inland Wetland Regulations at 138 Blackrock Turnpike.

Discussion tabled pending receipt of new information from A. Pardee.


D. Pattee reported that he was asked by the First Selectwoman to investigate interest in resuming the controlled deer hunting program on town-owned open space.  Mr. Pattee reported that the program was dropped last year due to lack of interest.  Alex Jones was present via Zoom and stated that he knows of 12-14 interested people. Based on previous years, T. Miller stated that interested parties should not apply if they don’t plan on participating. D. Pattee reiterated that the program will be on town-owned open space only and not jointly owned Land Trust property although landowners should be encouraged to allow hunting on private property.

On the motion of W. Perlman and the second of T. Miller, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the controlled deer hunt program for the 2021 season with the stipulation that all hunting be done from tree stands and not from ground blinds.

S. Green stated that the NRVT Redding Mile will commence this fall. The town will be paying 10% this week.

Per Mr. Green, Eagle Scout projects have been completed. The kiosk on Sport Hill Road just needs complete mapping.

On the motion of T. Miller and the second of W. Hill, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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