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Minutes of Planning Commission, 01/25/2022

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 01/27/2022 3:33pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

MINUTES

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
7:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM

Present: Dan Barrett, Chairman; Steve Gagnon; Anda Cumings; Regina O’Brien.

Absent: Chuck Cilo, Alt.; Toby Welles, Alt.; James Bacon, Alt.; Roger Van Ausdal

Also present: Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director
Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of January 11, 2022

The Minutes of January 11, 2022 were approved as written.

II. REGULATORY

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. Public Hearing opened 11/23/2021. Public Hearing extension to meeting of 1/11/2022. Public Hearing closed 1/11/2022.

Yishaya Marks was present via ZOOM. Mr. Barrett read the draft resolution and special conditions into the record.

Mr. Gagnon motioned and Ms. O’Brien seconded the motion to approve Subdivision Application #529. The motion passed unanimously.

2. Scenic Road Violation Updates: 89 Cross Highway and 224 Umpawaug Road.

Land Use Director A. Pardee reported on her conversation with the property owner regarding pillars at 89 Cross Highway. An application is forthcoming. Nothing has been received re: 224 Umpawaug. R. O’Brien observed gates on the pillars. Mr. Gagnon questioned if the pillars can be built on town land; A. Pardee responded that the Highway Department would have to approve.

3. Scenic Road Discussion: request to mark street catch basins with notations “no dumping/drains to stream” on scenic roads.

Land Use Dir. A. Pardee provided an overview of the certified sustainable community program and the options for marking the catch basins. Ms. O’Brien noted that she has seen markers in Easton that were attractive and caught her eye. Ms. Pardee will contact the town of Easton to get details on their marked basins.

4. Discussion of Draft Policy: “Draft Agenda Policy”.

Mr. Barrett read the Draft Agenda Policy into the record.

Mr. Gagnon motioned and Ms. O’Brien seconded the motion to approve the Draft Agenda Policy.

The new deadlines will be posted on the town website and on application forms.

5. Discussion of Draft Affordable Housing Plan: Redding Annex.

Land Use Director A. Pardee reviewed the proposed community value statement and reviewed strategies to include Chapter 9 of the Plan of Conservation & Development and information from Chapter 10 re: Gilbert & Bennett. The draft plan is under the direction of WestCOG and will be returned for continued work after their review.

Rob Dean cautioned the Commission on the challenges of development in a public water supply watershed and the history in Redding of discouraging multi-family housing in the watershed. He noted that affordable housing in a watershed requires expertise and design experience. A. Pardee agreed with the need to be cautious and Mr. Barrett stated that affordable housing plans will be forced if a plan is strategic plan is not submitted.

Mr. Dean reported that a plan was previously completed by John Hayes for the 2008 Plan of Conservation and Development. Ms. Pardee stated that the strategies in the Affordable Housing plan are coming directly from the Town Plan. Mr. Barrett noted that the Commission is only submitting strategies, not policy and that the plan will be going to public hearing.

6. Discussion of PA 21-29 with respect to Accessory Dwelling Units: should Redding “opt out”?

Potential changes to accessory dwelling regulations were reviewed if Redding does not “opt out” of the provisions of PA 21-29.

Mr. Gagnon motioned and Ms. Cumings seconded the motion to issue the recommendation to opt out to the Board of Selectmen and Zoning Commission. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT/DISCUSSION

No items.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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