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Minutes of Planning Commission, 02/23/2021

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 02/25/2021 8:30am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Redding Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
MINUTES
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM

Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; Commissioner Dan Barrett; Commissioner Anda Cumings; Commissioner Steve Gagnon; Commissioner Regina O’Brien, Secretary; Alternate James Bacon; Alternate Chuck Cilo, Alternate Phyllis Rhodes; members of the public.

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

A. Pardee introduced P. Rhodes, who is a newly appointed Alternate to the Commission; she was welcomed by the Commission.  The Chairman noted that all regular members of the Commission were seated.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of January 26, 2021
On the motion of D. Barrett and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the meeting of January 26, 2021.

II. ADMINISTRATIVE
1.  Referral from Zoning. Proposed amendments to Section 5.12 of the Redding Zoning Regulations.  Public Hearing March 10, 2021.

The Chairman asked A. Pardee to review the proposed amendments with the Commission.  She explained that the Zoning Commission wishes to allow for the planning of apartments in dwellings in the construction phase of a dwelling; the regulations currently allow apartments only in existing dwellings.  She also noted several “housekeeping” changes such as the removal of archaic language regarding preferred occupants of residential apartments, and also language changes making application notifications consistent with the remainder of the Zoning Regulations.  T. Welles also addressed the removal of some requirements as being under the jurisdiction of other agencies.

After a brief discussion, D. Barrett moved that the Commission send a positive referral to the Zoning Commission.  S. Gagnon seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

2. Appointment of Planning Commission representative to Water Pollution Control Commission (WPCC).

The Chairman noted that the ordinance that created the WPCC requires that there be a representative from the Planning Commission on the WPCC and currently no one is serving in that capacity.

J. Bacon stated that he had previously been the Planning Commission Representative.  He explained the duties and discouraged the idea that the members of the Planning Commission might revolve through the post due to the required level of engagement.

After a discussion, Mr. Welles suggested a lottery assignment but C. Cilo stated he would speak further with J. Bacon about the duties of WPCC Commissioners.

III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT/DISCUSSION

T. Welles stated that he has received drafts of the maps for the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) from WestCOG.  He said that they need some minor revision which will be facilitated by Glen Chalder of Planimetrics.  He felt that they could be shortly distributed to other town entities for review.

T. Welles briefly addressed an email that he had received from Roger Van Ausdal on behalf of the group Enhancing Redding’s Future (ERF), although he noted that his comments must be brief as the correspondence was not sent to the Land Use Office and was, therefore, not on the agenda.  He noted the decision that had been made at the last Planning Commission meeting to defer discussion of a Blight Ordinance until it could be done in person due to concerns about disenfranchising individuals without access to Zoom meetings.  He also reviewed the duties of a Planning Commission and noted Planning’s role as advisory to the Board of Selectmen.

A. Pardee stated that she had reviewed statutes regarding a Zoning Citation Ordinance; she said that such an ordinance would not be part of the Zoning Regulations but would need to be adopted by the Selectmen in the same manner as a Blight Ordinance.  She also clarified that the enforcement options in Section 8-12 of the Connecticut General Statutes are imposed only by the courts via litigation and at considerable expense to the town.Hearing no further discussion or comments, D. Barrett moved to adjourn the meeting.

S. Gagnon seconded the motion and the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

Submitted by:
Aimee Pardee