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Minutes of Planning Commission, 04/12/2022

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 04/18/2022 11:14am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Redding Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1028
Redding Center, Connecticut 06875-1028
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
7:30 p.m. – In Person Town Hall Hearing Room

Present:  Dan Barrett, Chairman; Chuck Cilo, Alt.; Roger Van Ausdal; Regina O’Brien; Toby Welles, Alt.; James Bacon, Alt.
Absent: Steve Gagnon; Anda Cumings; Regina O’Brien
Also present:   Aimee Pardee, Land Use Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.

I.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Meeting of March 8, 2022

The Minutes of March 8, 2022 were approved as written.


1.  Referral from Zoning:  106 Peaceable Street, Jonathan & Jennifer Cutler. Request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment with garage.  Public Hearing to open April 13, 2022.

The referral was reviewed.  A. Pardee confirmed that the pool and septic system are in working condition.

Mr. Van Ausdal motioned and Mr. Welles seconded the motion to forward a positive referral to Zoning.  The motion passed unanimously.

2.  Scenic Road Violation Update. Discussion re 224 Umpawaug Road.
Discussion 1/25/2022; 2/22/2022.  Site Walk 2/29/2022.  Discussion 3/8/2022.

Discussion tabled pending new information re: confirming if the items are in the town right-of-way.

Discussion re Town Mowing on Scenic Roads

Mr. Welles suggested evaluation of both how roads are moved and how much is mowed. He noted traffic calming studies indicating that cars slow down when the width of the road is uncertain and vegetation can make the road appear narrow. The health of potential asset trees and trees with value needs to be considered.

Mr. Welles and Land Use Dir. A. Pardee will meet and discuss with the new Highway Superintendent.  Mr. Bacon suggested a draft letter agreement to be considered later.

Addition to Agenda
89 Cross Highway, Scenic Road

The pillars and lighting were discussed. Mr. Welles noted that the lighting amplifies the pillar encroachment.  Smaller or less light emission was reviewed.

Mr. Welles motioned and Mr. Van Ausdal seconded the motion to restrict lighting to 40 watts or lower.  The motion passed unanimously.

3.   Affordable Housing Plan – Discussion

The revised draft was presented and changes reviewed. Mr. Welles spoke to the stewardship of the watershed and what it represents in terms of liability. A special meeting will be held after the public meeting to consider ideas and suggestions from town residents.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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