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Minutes of Planning Commission, 01/28/2020

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 02/03/2020 9:09am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

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


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House

Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; Steve Gagnon; James Baker, Alt.; Dan Barrett, Alt.; Anda Cumings; Regina O’Brien.

Absent: C. Cilo

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. seating Mr. Baker for Mr. Cilo.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of 1/14/20

On the motion of Mr. Gagnon and the second of Mr. Barrett, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 1/14/20 Minutes.


1. Discussion of property located at 626 Redding Road, Frank Harsche.

Mr. and Mrs. Harsche were present. Mr. Welles noted receipt of an application in process and Land Use Director Aimee Pardee stated that updated maps and surveys are needed in order to accept the application. Mr. Harsche questioned if he needed to complete all requirements on the application if the current proposal doesn’t impact those areas. T. Welles explained why subdivision applications require specific data and material as listed on the subdivision application.

Ms. Pardee stated that, per Health Officer Doug Hartline, septic plans need to be submitted in addition to a B100A. Ms. Pardee noted other required elements of the application still pending including current conditions, dimensions of lot lines, minimum rectangles, viable septic and reserve areas and calculations of areas of steep slopes and wetlands. D. Hartline will answer any septic-related questions.

Mr. Welles reviewed the 250-foot sight line requirement for the driveway.

Discussion will continue pending submission of a complete subdivision application.

2. Scenic Road Monitoring: To revise list of assignments.

Re: Poverty Hollow Road, Mr. Welles reported on the presence of an area of 6-8 feet of pavement that was reported to be temporary riprap pending completion of pond dredging.

The current list of Scenic Road assignments will remain as is.


No discussion.


Mr. Welles reported on his meeting with the group that presented as an ad hoc committee to help facilitate the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) recommendations. Their activities will be governed by town departments and personnel. Commissioners will identify 6-8 recommendations in the latest Town Plan that are important to the long-term health of the town. After review of the prioritized recommendations, a meeting will be scheduled from First Selectwoman Pemberton to create a plan. Steve Gagnon questioned if the proposed ad hoc committee/community action team will have liaisons to the current commissions. Mr. Welles stated that any ad hoc committee will be appointed by Julia Pemberton.

Mr. Welles stated that there needs to be more interplay between commissions and boards. He will investigate the outcome of the small inter-commission group discussions held in late 2019.

James Bacon asked what the status of the 2018 POCD is. Mr. Welles said that it is in the hands of the Board of Selectmen and Planning will be holding a public hearing on 3/24/20.

The individuals who have purchased the name of “The Redding Pilot” held a public meeting at the Mark Twain Library last weekend. Mr. Welles reported that they hope to begin publishing in April .

On the motion of Mr. Gagnon and the second of Mr. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly