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Minutes of Planning Commission, 08/25/2020

AGENDA: Planning Commission  

RECEIVED 08/31/2020 4:44pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Tuesday, August 25, 2020
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM

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

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. All regular Commissioners were seated.

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES – July 28, 2020

On the motion of D. Barrett and the second of A. Cumings, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 7/28/20 Minutes.


Application #528, 130 Topstone Road, Roger Lancaster & CJ Lancaster (owners), Curt Lowenstein/LANDTECH (agent). Proposed subdivision of 13.6 acres into 4 Lots.

Roger Lancaster was present via Zoom along with Robert Pryor and Curt Lowenstein from LandTech. Mr. Welles noted receipt of a note from Dr. Stuart Reeve, archaeological consultant. The note was read into the record and stated that no additional reports are required. A. Pardee stated she would confirm that the required map is part of the record.

Attorneys for the applicant and the Commission concurred that the requirement for open space set-aside is null because the parcels are being given to family members.

The Public Hearing will open on September 8, 2020. A presentation will be made at that time.

On the motion of S. Gagnon and the second of A. Cumings, the Commission voted unanimously to accept Application #528 and set the public hearing date.


1. Referral from Town of Newtown: Request for four Text Amendments of the Zoning Regulations. Public Hearing scheduled for 8/20/2020.

T. Welles reviewed the referral from Newtown. No formal action is required.

2. Referral from Town of Wilton: Request for Zone Changes and Expansion of Auto Storage Lots. Public Hearing scheduled for 9/14/2020.

After review of the referral, C. Cilo noted his concern regarding the need to blast into Redding thereby negatively impact the property values. Aimee Pardee stated that regulations need to be changed prior to any application.

Site walks will be conducted on an individual basis before the next meeting.


Regina O’Brien questioned potential action re: political flags on trees located on Scenic Roads. A. Pardee responded that Jeff Hanson will evaluate to determine if there is a hazard, however political flags are not prohibited due to the principle of freedom of speech.

Re: Scenic Roads, T. Welles reviewed Poverty Hollow Road and the need to accommodate wide vehicles while maintaining the existing Scenic Road. R. O’Brien suggested concrete precast panels.

On the motion of D. Barrett, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly