Redding Planning Commission
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; James Bacon, Alt., seated for N. King.; Chuck Cilo; Anda Cumings; Steve Gagnon; Regina O’Brien, Alt.
Absent: Nancy King; Claire Matzke, Alt.
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
John Hayes, Town Planning Consultant
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 7/24/18 and 8/7/18
On the motion of C. Cilo and the second of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 7/24/18 Meeting Minutes as submitted and the 8/7/18 Special Meeting Minutes as corrected: fourth paragraph, change “Solar” to “Soler.”
- Referral from Selectmen: Opinion regarding paving of dirt portion of Pocahontas Road.
Toby Welles reviewed the referral to pave the dirt portion of Pocahontas Road. Concerns were noted re: unintended consequences due to difficult sight lines; increased speed; increased traffic and safety issues re: egress onto Route 58.
A letter will be sent to all affected residents and the above concerns will be noted. Advice regarding safety will be requested from the Police Department.
- Reference Subdivision App. #506, Ryder Farms, Sylvia Warren (owners), Maxwell Associates (agent). Discussion of Archaeological Easement on property and Phase II Archaeological Survey as it pertains to satisfying the requirements of the Easement. Review of proposal from Heritage Consultants. Discussion.
Atty. Daniel Readyoff and Max Soper from Maxwell Associates were present. Atty. Readyoff clarified that he is representing an interested party and is seeking an advisory relationship and input from the Town re: possible development.
Mr. Welles noted receipt of and reviewed an analysis from Archaeological Consultant Stuart Reeve. He noted that the Subdivision Regulations require a Phase I survey to be followed by a Phase II survey if deemed necessary. Planned development has triggered the need for a Phase II survey. Mr. Reeve was unable to attend this meeting and has offered to meet with Mr. Soper and Mr. Readyoff to review his report and suggest possible archaeological consultants to conduct the survey.
- Scenic Road Monitoring. Reports by Commission monitors. Old Hattertown Road, encroachment; 230 Poverty Hollow Road and 20 Old Hattertown Road.
Woodland dumping on Old Hattertown has continued. The Land Trust will be following-up with the homeowner. The status at 230 Poverty Hollow Road is unchanged and will continue to be monitored.
- Town Plan of Conservation & Development 2018. Recommendations to be submitted to the office by email Planning@townofreddingct.org for John Hayes.
Completion dates were reviewed. John Hayes is expecting completed mapping from CDM by the end of August and statistical data by the end of September. T. Welles suggested requesting an earlier completion date to allow time to compile the draft to present to the Board of Selectmen.
- Discussion recognition of Jo-an’s years of service.
Options and ideas were reviewed.
- Draft Driveway Easement & Maintenance Agreement. Received 7/11/17. J. Bacon has provided comments. Referred to Peter Olson, Esq.
- IHZ Status. King report regarding list of members of commission.
- Changes to IHZ overlay zone on Old Mill Road.
- Reference App. #504, Mountainside Estates, 40 Mountain Road. Jay Keillor request of detailed bond release scheduled.
- 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.
- Establish W. Redding as an attractive Cultural Center.
IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
John Hayes noted that a new Town Historian is needed. Possible names were discussed.
On the motion of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.
Submitted by: Kristi C. Reilly