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Minutes of Planning Commission, 02/24/2015

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 02/26/2015 2:16pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Present: Diane Taylor, Chairman; Anda Cumings; Toby Welles; Michael Nostin, Alt., seated for N. King; Regina O’Brien, Alt., seated for J. Bacon.

Absent: James Bacon; Nancy King

Also present: Jo-an Brooks, Land Use Coordinator
Julia Pemberton, First Selectman
Douglas Fuchs, Police Chief

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to add Agenda item III. 1 b, Petition to add Chestnut Woods Road as a Scenic Road.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 2/10/15

On the motion of A. Cumings and the second of T. Welles, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 2/10/15 Meeting Minutes.

II. PUBLIC HEARING – TO CONTINUE
Subdivision Application #525, 12 Marchant Road and 55 Chestnut Woods Road, Old Stone Estates, LLC (owner), P.W. Scott Engineering & Architecture, PC (agent). Proposed subdivision of 65.60 acres into 14 lots. Received 12/9/14. Presentation 1/13/15. Site Walks 1/11/15 and 1/13/15. Public Hearing opened 2/10/15.

D. Taylor reported that Subdivision Application #525 has been withdrawn. No further discussion.

III. ADMINISTRATIVE
1 a. Referral from Selectmen. Per C.G.S. 8-23 municipal improvements. Request from Police Dept. to erect a replacement Communication tower.

A memo from J. Hayes was read by T. Welles. Mr. Welles submitted Photoshop renderings of the tower with the proposed additional height. Commissioners and members of the public reviewed the photos.
Tree design and monopole options were discussed.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of M. Nostin, the Commission voted unanimously to recommend a modular-topped monopole in a specified pale gray color with the top added when/if a receiving microwave antenna is available at the Redding Ridge Fire Department.

1 b. Petition to add Chestnut Woods Road as a Scenic Road.

A Petition and accompanying photographs were submitted to the Planning Commission.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of R. O’Brien, the Commission voted unanimously to receive the Petition.

2. Section 4.5 rewritten by Milone & MacBroom. To review for vote.

Final edits were reviewed and the section will be forwarded to Milone & MacBroom for clarification of specific items.

3. Scenic Road Monitoring since last review.

J. Brooks reported the need for follow-up re: Pine Tree Road, Patrick Merrill. T. Welles will review the file with J. Brooks and report at the next meeting.

J. Brooks will forward an updated list of Scenic Road assignments.

4. Controls for Land Clearing.

T. Welles will draft a letter to the Zoning Commission for discussion at the next meeting.

IV. PENDING ITEMS – NOT CURRENTLY FOR ACTION
1. Reference App. #505, Lot 3, 16 Costa Lane. Petra Koegel, owner. ZBA approved location of dog kennel and shed outside the Zoning setbacks. Location approved by Planning. To submit a map showing the adjusted Building Construction Restriction Line. 6/5/14 Petra to contact engineer.
2. Town Plan of Conservation & Development. Discuss recommendations for action.
3. Sight Line Regulations. Discussion with Zoning, Police Chief, Highway Superintendent.
4. Jose Goncalves, App. #506, Lot 2, 220 Umpawaug Road. Request to enlarge Building Construction & Restriction Line a short distance. Need map showing new line.
5. 163 Umpawaug Road, Ed Kilian. Request to reconstruct stonewall on a Scenic Road.

V. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The Selectmen are holding a meeting on 3/2/15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Hearing Room re: GLDC feasibility study.

Reps. Carter and Shaban and Sen. Boucher will hold a meeting 3/3/15 at the Town Hall, 6:30-8:00 p.m. to discuss major issues in 2015 Legislative Session that could affect Redding.

J. Pemberton thanked T. Welles for testimony included in C.G.S. 8-30g discussions.

D. Taylor noted the importance of reviewing forwarded materials such as CT Fund for Environment re: non-Planning issues that affect the community.

J. Brooks confirmed the Legislative Subcommittee as J. Bacon and R. O’Brien and requested review of CT Fund for Environment and the American Planning Association materials as models for contacting CT legislators.
On the motion of T. Welles and the second of M. Nostin, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by:
Kristi C. Reilly

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