Redding Planning Commission
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; Steve Gagnon; Anda Cumings, seated at 7:40 p.m.; Regina O’Brien.
Absent: Dan Barrett; C. Cilo, Alt.
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of 11/26/19
Tabled until next meeting.
Review of draft of Town Plan of Conservation 7 Development revised in response to Town Survey.
Toby Welles submitted and reviewed the revisions made in the overview, economic development, public facilities/utlilities and housing sections in response to the Town Survey. Mr. Welles reported that over 1000 responses to the survey were received.
Chris Tse, Gallows Hill Road, questioned if the town has the resources to make the proposed ideas happen. T. Welles reported that Easton created a committee to address this issue.
Mr. Welles reported on his attendance at a small group discussion re: leadership/governance. This area will not be included in the Town Plan of Conservation & Development; however, Mr. Welles will pursue this personally given the interest of Commissioners into the work of the other town commissions.
Stan Rhodes, Archers Lane, stated that he was impressed by the Plan and urged the Commission to prioritize the ways to move the town forward when the Plan goes back to the Selectmen. Mr. Welles noted the need to incentivize volunteerism. Mr. Tse noted his appreciation for the professional report and stressed the next phase of implementation. He stated that there is a group of qualified volunteers in town that could determine if projects are viable. T. Welles acknowledged the value of an ad hoc action group tasked with implementing high priority town initiatives.
On the motion of S. Gagnon and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the new language for inclusion in the Town Plan of Conservation & Development.
On the motion of S. Gagnon and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the amended plan as the final Town Plan of Conservation & Development and forward to the Selectmen.
III. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT/DISCUSSION
On the motion of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly