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Minutes of Planning Commission, 02/26/2019

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 03/06/2019 9:03am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Redding Planning Commission
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

Present: Toby Welles; Chairman; James Bacon, Alt., seated for S. Gagnon until 7:50 p.m. Chuck Cilo; Anda Cumings, seated at 7:40 p.m. ; Steve Gagnon, seated at 7:50 p.m.; Nancy King; Regina O’Brien, Alt., seated for A. Cumings until 7:40 p.m.

Also present:   Aimee Pardee, Town Planning Director
John Hayes, Town Planning Consultant (7:55)

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

I.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 1/8/19
-Meeting of 1/22/19 Cancelled
-Meeting of 2/12/19 Cancelled

On the motion of C. Cilo and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 1/8/19 meeting Minutes.


  1. Town Plan of Conservation & Development 2018.

Toby Welles reported that the written component is complete.  The final Open Space Plan from the Conservation Commission is pending.  Final documents will be given to CDM Smith on 2/27/19.  Mr. Welles met with John Hayes today to review final maps.Possible legal notification options were discussed. T. Welles, S. Gagnon and A. Cumings were commended for their efforts to wrapping up the last details of the Plan.

  1. Referral from Zoning: 65 Hopewell Woods Road, Robert and Nicole Denkin. Request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment. Public Hearing scheduled for 2/27/19.

Toby Welles read a letter dated 2/11/19 from Tim and Melinda Shea noting their concerns regarding the shared common driveway and potential effects on privacy. Mr. Welles stated that the Town Plan encourages accessory apartments as a way to provide a variety of price points for housing options.

On the motion of N. King and the second of C. Cilo, the Commission voted unanimously to send a letter neither approving nor denying the application since the Referral is in accordance with the Town Plan of Conservation & Development.

  1. 224 Umpawaug Road, William Bishop (owner), Max Soper (agent). Discussion of Phase 2 Archaeological Survey and request for release of Archaeological Easement.

Mr. Soper and Atty. Dan Readyoff were present. T. Welles read a report dated 2/7/19 from Archaeological Consultant Stuart Reeve.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of C. Cilo, the Commission voted unanimously to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that the Archaeological Easement for 224 Umpawaug Road be vacated but with the condition that the midden be protected and that archaeological elements be monitored during any work in accordance with the February 7, 2019 letter and accompanying map from Stuart Reeve PhD.  Installation of protective fencing and site monitoring should be done by the Phase 2 archaeological consultants Ernest Wiegand and Dawn Brown.

On the motion of N. King and the second of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to add 504 Mountainside Estates and 39 Orchard Hill Drive and 67 Glen Hill Road to the Agenda as Administrative Items 4 and 5.

  1. 506 Mountainside Estates, 36-38-40 Mountain Road, Greg Kamedulski, Agent.

Greg Kamedulski stated that he is assisting Jay Keillor with this application and does not have a financial interest in the outcome. Mr. Kamedulski reviewed the proposal of donating one lot to the town thereby relieving specific subdivision requirements and allowing the return of 2/3 of the bond.

T. Welles stated that review will be made to ascertain whether this is a modification to an existing application or a new application. N. King stated that removal of an existing farm dump was a condition of approval in the original application.

The specific requests were reviewed including elimination of the fire tank; installation of pins instead of monuments; and reduction in the common drive. Commission Counsel will be contacted to determine the status of the existing vs. new application and the conditions of approval for the original application will be reviewed re: farm dump removal. A. Pardee stated that the Health Dept. will also be contacted.

  1. 39 Orchard Hill Drive and 67 Glen Hill Road.

Aimee Pardee reviewed the map and lot lines.  The Commission restated their previous comments regarding the Town Plan not speaking to churches.


  1. Draft Driveway Easement & Maintenance Agreement. Received 7/11/17. J. Bacon has provided comments. Referred to Peter Olson, Esq.
  2. IHZ Status. King report regarding list of members of commission.
  3. Changes to IHZ overlay zone on Old Mill Road.
  4. Reference App. #504, Mountainside Estates, 40 Mountain Road. Jay Keillor request of detailed bond release scheduled.
  5. 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.
  6. Establish W. Redding as an attractive Cultural Center.
  7. Scenic Road Monitoring. Reports by Commission monitors. Old Hattertown Road, encroachment. 230 Poverty Hollow Road and 20 Old Hattertown Road.
  8. Amendment to Section 5.2 of the Redding Subdivision Regulations regarding clearing and regrading.
  9. Old Hattertown Road. Discussion re: altered accessway. Discussion 10/9/18.


Nancy King announced her resignation effective immediately.  Nancy’s contributions throughout her tenure on the Commission were acknowledged with appreciation from Commissioners.

John Hayes noted the need for a long-term plan re: coordination of mapping. He stated that there are no notations on the Assessor’s field cards regarding easements which is what populates the GIS mapping.  Commissioners agreed this would be a good project for an intern.

On the motion of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Submitted by: Kristi C. Reilly

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