Redding Planning Commission
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM
Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; Dan Barrett; Chuck Cilo, Alt., seated for A. Cumings; Steve Gagnon; Phyllis Rhodes, Alt.
Absent: Anda Cumings; James Bacon, Alt.
Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of September 14, 2021
Mr. Welles motioned and Mr. Barrett seconded the motion to table the vote pending review of the public comments written in the draft Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
II. SCHEDULE 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. Presentation 9/14/2021. Site Walk 9/19/2021. Discussion 9/28/2021. Awaiting material from applicant.
Attorney Ken Slater was present for the applicant in addition to Harry Rocheville of McChord Engineering Associates and Yishaya Marks. After a brief introduction by Atty. Slater, Mr. Rocheville screen shared the drawing and reviewed responses to comments including open space, shared driveway sight lines, Conservation Commission comments re: wetlands and vernal pools on maps, historical resources map and ledge and areas of disturbance. Mr. Welles noted that blasting is of concern especially for neighboring septic systems.
Mr. Welles will forward the responses to Planimetrics for their review. Regina O’Brien stated that it was requested that areas of steep slopes be added to the same development plan. Mr. Rocheville responded that the addition of ledge will make the plans hard to read but he will submit a rendition at the next meeting.
Atty. Slater will submit a request for an extension.
Mr. Gagnon motioned and Ms. O’Brien seconded the motion to schedule the Public Hearing for November 23, 2021. The motion passed unanimously.
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. Discussion 9/28/2021.
Mr. Welles reviewed the short-term targets for adding to the parking space inventory. The south side of Main Street may be an option although it will move more traffic to a residential area. Ralph Bosch noted that any added inventory will help. An inventory of all spaces will be done and the office park will be considered for additional spaces.
Mr. Welles will draft a letter summarizing the survey of parking spaces.
III. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT/DISCUSSION
Toby Welles reported that he is stepping down as Commission Chairman and will be an alternate. He reviewed his experiences and shared insights.
Mr. Cilo motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.
Kristi C. Reilly