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Minutes of Planning Commission, 05/13/2014

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 05/19/2014 2:51pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: Diane Taylor, Chairman; James Bacon; Nancy King; Jerry Sarnelli; Toby Welles; Anda Cummings, Alt.; Regina O’Brien, Alt.

Also present: Jo-an Brooks, Land Use Coordinator

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 4/22/14
Site Walk 4/25/14 – 415 Rock House Road – To Correct
Site Walk 5/4/14, 187 Umpawaug Road

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 4/22/14 Meeting Minutes.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 4/25/14 Site Walk Minutes as corrected: “Subdivision map” should be replaced with “map the applicant prepared.”

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 5/4/14 Site Walk Minutes.

1. Section 4.3 Roads and Driveways and Section VIII Definitions to review for revision.

No new discussion.

2. Scenic Road Monitoring.

The Commissioners reviewed their road assignments. T. Welles noted his concern that Poverty Hollow may be widened during gravel placement. He will follow up with Jeff Hanson, Highway Superintendent.

3. Subdivision App. #516, Frank Marini, 415 Rock House Road. To discuss Building Construction Restriction Line and Asset Trees. Received 4/22/14. Withdrawn per e-mail of 4/29/14.

Frank Marini was present. A letter was read stating that the oak tree in question will not be removed due to the change in the proposed driveway configuration.

A. Pardee will be consulted re: recent tree cutting. Mr. Marini stated that no asset trees were removed.

4. Sight Line Problems: 56 Marchant Road. To resolve.

A quote for a study and design of a speed hump was received from Milone & MacBroom. Additional engineering quotes will be obtained. T. Welles will contact J. Hansen re: cost estimate for generic speed hump construction.

5A. Request for Plantings. 187 Umpawaug Road. – A Designated Scenic Road. Greg Young, owner, Andrew Brodtman, Twombly Nurseries, agent. Received 4/22/14.

Mr. Young and Mr. Brodtman were present. N. King read the site walk Minutes and a drawing submitted at the site walk was reviewed. A letter from neighbor Stuart Green was read.

A preferred planting list provided by the Commission was reviewed in detail.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the request for plantings pending an agreement between the two Subcommittee members and Andrew Brodtman of Twombly Nurseries re: species and configuration of plantings that the plan be allowed to proceed.

5B. Request for Plantings, 206 Umpawaug Road.

The request was reviewed and no action is needed.

1. Reference Application #505, Lot 3, Petra Koegel, owner, 16 Costa Lane. ZBA approved location of dog kennel and shed outside the Zoning setbacks. Location approved by Planning. To submit a map showing the adjusted Building Construction Restriction Line. Reminder letter from Land Use Coordinator 7/17/13, 4/16/14.
2. Town Plan of Conservation & Development. Discussion recommendations for action.
3. Cell Tower, 186 Black Rock Turnpike. Status.
4. Sight Line Regulations. Zoning, Police Chief, Highway Superintendent.
5. IHZ Application.
6. Subdivision App. #402, John Todd Way, Lot One. Request to alter Building Construction Restriction Line. Andrew Wertheim and Sybil Peyer (owners), Nick Nelson (agent). Site Walk 3/29/14. Discussion 4/8/14. Map submitted with application.
7. Subcommittee list to review, attached. Nancy has 5 and Toby has 3 + 3 alternates.
8. Lisa Lind Larson – Proposed Conservation Easement. Discussion.


Re: Regional Agencies: T. Welles will review his recent letter and update.

T. Welles provided an update re: Nature Conservancy interest in the Biehn property.

J. Brooks reviewed a letter from J. Hayes re: rates.

J. Brooks recommended review of a recent article in The New York Times re: accessory apartments.
On the motion of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 9:45 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly