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Minutes of Planning Commission, 05/11/2021

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 05/25/2021 10:57pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Tuesday, May 11, 2021
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM

Present: Regina O’Brien, seated as Chair; Dan Barrett; Chuck Cilo, Alt., seated for S. Gagnon; James Bacon, Alt., seated for T. Welles; Phyllis Rhodes, Alt., seated for A. Cumings.

Absent: T. Welles; A. Cumings; S. Gagnon

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairwoman called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of April 13, 2021

Mr. Barrett motioned and Mr. Cilo seconded the motion to approve the 4/13/21 Meeting Minutes as amended: under “Present”, add Chuck Cilo. The motion passed unanimously.


1. Referral from Zoning: 186 Black Rock Turnpike. Owner: Fire District No. 1, Agent: Frank J. Scinto, Esq.: Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC (agent). Request for a Site Plan approval to demolish the existing circa 1927 Firehouse and construct a new Firehouse with associated site modifications. Zoning Public Hearing scheduled for May 12, 2021.

Atty. Frank Scinto was present in addition to Christine Mose. After an introduction by Atty. Scinto, Ms. Mose screen shared the proposed site plan and main level floor plan. A descriptive narrative was read and a video rendering of the proposed firehouse was played.

Mr. Bacon requested clarification as to the access to the proposed elevator locations. Mr. Barrett questioned where the fire equipment will go during the construction. Bennett Pardee detailed the equipment locations and stated that that full assignments from neighboring towns will be requested during the construction period. Phyllis Magnussen noted that the construction is desired to be completed within 1-1 ½ years although an exact time frame is difficult to ascertain at this time.

Mr. Bacon questioned if financing has been discussed. Mrs. Magnussen noted that the approval process is the first step and Mr. Pardee continued that the next step is to request permission from the taxpayers to bond the project out.

Mr. Barrett motioned and Mr. Cilo seconded the motion to send a positive referral to the Zoning Commission. The motion passed unanimously.

2. Discussion of possible new playground location at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road.

Land Use Director A. Pardee noted that funding has been approved for the pre-school playground to be located at the Redding Community Center. First Selectwoman Pemberton has requested recommendations for a location and a site walk is scheduled for Sat., 5/15/31 at 8:30 a.m.

A pavilion at the same location has already been sited and A. Pardee will provide that location prior to the site walk.

3. Discussion of Designated Scenic Road monitoring assignments.

Scenic Road assignments were reviewed and re-assigned as necessary. R. O’Brien provided an overview of observations for consideration.


Aimee Pardee reported on the pre-application meeting re: 36 Whortleberry Road for an anticipated proposed three-lot subdivision.

Mr. Cilo motioned and Mr. Barrett seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly


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