Redding Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM
Present: Regina O’Brien, seated as Chair: Dan Barrett; Anda Cumings, seated at 7:45 p.m.; Chuck Cilo, Alt., seated for T. Welles; Phyllis Rhodes, Alt., seated for S. Gagnon.
Absent: Toby Welles, Chairman; Steve Gagnon, James Bacon, Alt.
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of September 14, 2021
Mr. Barrett motioned and Mr. Cilo seconded the motion to approve the 9/14/21 Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Barrett motioned and Ms. Rhodes seconded the motion to approve the 9/19/2021 Site Walk Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
II. PRESENTATION. SCHEDULE SITE WALK AND PUBLIC HEARING.
1. Subdivision Application #529, 36 Whortleberry Road. Yishaya Marks (owner), McChord Engineering Associates, Inc. (agents). Proposed subdivision of 12.763 acres into 3 lots. Received 8/24/2021. Site Walk 9/19/2021. Awaiting consultant’s report.
Regina O’Brien reviewed part of the Town Plan of Conservation & Development relating to the preservation of natural resources in Redding. Two existing conditions were observed on the site; steep slopes and rock outcrops. Ms. O’Brien requested that the outlines of significant rock outcrops be graphically represented on the plan to allow for easier evaluation of the extent of proposed disturbance.
Phyllis Rhodes questioned the suggested open space location and lack of road access. Land Use Director A. Pardee reported that the applicant has expressed willingness to address comments. R. O’Brien noted that the proposed house location is at the top of a ridge and suggested a location that would create less disturbance. Asset tress will be evaluated at a later date.
The Public Hearing will be scheduled after submission and review of revised plans.
2. Georgetown Parking Area: Discussion of parking in the Main Street, Georgetown area and possible short-term and long-term plans for resolving parking shortage.
Ralph Bosch reported on the referral from the Board of Selectmen to begin discussions regarding the long-term and short-term parking issue that needs to be resolved to make the district viable. Mr. Bosch provided historical context for the separation of the Village of Georgetown and would like the village to be put back together.
Julia Pemberton acknowledged the need for additional parking and reported on the application for funding to improve the other side of the streets and tie it to N. Main Street. A. Pardee stated that updated data is needed. Glenn Chalder will be requested to assist. Fitzgerald & Halliday did the previous traffic studies. First Selectwoman Pemberton suggested reviewed the approve IHZ overlay map. A. Pardee confirmed that the parking configuration was proposed for underneath buildings.
Kate Perry stated GVRI would be available to assist in any efforts.
Discussion will continue after data is updated.
3. Referral from Zoning: 130 Pickett’s Ridge Road, John Carlson (owner). Request for a Special Use Permit for a shade/greenhouse in excess of 2000 square feet ground coverage. Public Hearing scheduled for 10/13/2021.
Land Use Dir. A. Pardee reviewed the proposal for a seasonal greenhouse for use in extending the growing season.
D. Barrett motioned and C. Cilo seconded the motion to forward a positive response to the Zoning Commission. The motion passed unanimously.
III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT/DISCUSSION
Mr. Cilo motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.
Kristi C. Reilly