Redding Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM
Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; Chuck Cilo, Alt., Anda Cumings; Dan Barrett; Regina O’Brien; Steve Gagnon.
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director; members of the public.
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – February 25, 2020
On the motion of D. Barrett and the second of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 2/25/20 Meeting Minutes.
II. PUBLIC HEARING TO OPEN
To review the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation & Development.
Toby Welles noted receipt of submissions from the Conservation Commission and WestCOG. Mr. Welles reviewed the new mapping depicting the four town areas: Redding Ridge District, Town Center/Green; W. Redding Center and Georgetown.
The Conservation Commission had submitted a request to remove language in Chapter 9, Section 3.f and 9.7c stating that it is in conflict with the Town Plan of Conservation & Development.
On the motion of T. Welles and the second of D. Barrett, the Commission voted unanimously to strike the paragraphs in Chapter 9 Sections 3.7 and 7.c as requested by the Conservation Commission.
Typographical errors were noted by WestCOG in addition to the question re: title of the Plan. The original plan entitled the “2018” Plan was granted an extension. The legal and practical requirement of naming the document when it was finalized or when it was originally scheduled to be finalized will be reviewed with the First Selectwoman.
On the motion of D. Barrett and the second of A. Cumings, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the changes from WestCOG pending approval of the title year.
Chris Parkin, Indian Hill Road, stated that he reviewed the 2008 Town Plan and noted a number areas of hold-over language that no longer applies or sets up a course for the next 10 years. Mr. Parkin will submit his comments in writing for further review by the Commission Public Hearing.
The Commission agreed to continue the public hearing to the next regularly scheduled meeting of May 12, 2020.
If Public Hearing closed: Discuss/Adopt the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The Public Hearing remained open so there was no further discussion.
Referral from Zoning: Request to amend the Redding Zoning Regulations as they relate to ground-mounted solar arrays. Public hearing scheduled for 4/29/2020.
Regina O’Brien recused herself for this discussion. Atty. Neil Marcus briefly reviewed the request to amend the Zoning Regulation to allow ground-mounted solar panels. He stated that they are only for residential use.
T. Welles noted that the Town Plan is supportive of solar energy.
On the motion of T. Welles and the second of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to forward a favorable response to the Zoning Commission since the application is in accordance with the Town Plan of Conservation & Development.
IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT/DISCUSSION
On the motion of T. Welles and the second of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly