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Minutes of Planning Commission, 08/25/2015

AGENDA: Planning Commission

RECEIVED 08/27/2015 4:54pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Present: Diane Taylor, Chairman; James Bacon; Anda Cumings; Toby Welles.

Absent: Nancy King; Michael Nostin, Alt.; Regina O’Brien, Alt.

Also present:    Jo-an Brooks, Land Use Coordinator; John Hayes, Town Planning Consultant; and Julia Pemberton, First Selectman

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

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 8/11/15
Site Walk Minutes 8/20/15-Cross Hwy-Paving (Reconstruction)

On the motion of J. Bacon and the second of T. Welles, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 8/11/15 Meeting Minutes.

On the motion of T. Welles and the second of A. Cumings, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 8/20/15 Site Walk Minutes.

II.  TO VOTE
Subdivision Application #526, Willard and Catherine Rowley (owners), “Old Stone Estates, LLC”, P.W. Scott Engineering & Architecture, PC (agent), 12 Marchant and 55 Chestnut Woods Roads. Proposed subdivision of 65.60 acres into 12 lots. (App. #525 withdrawn at Meeting of 2/24/15). Received 3/10/15. Presentation 3/24/15, continued 4/14/15, 4/28/15. Public Hearing Opened 5/12/15, continued 5/26/15, 6/9/15, closed 6/23/15. Deliberation 7/14/15, 7/28/15.

P. Scott, P. Coates and Atty. P. Scalzo were present for the applicant. The name of the road will be Nathan Gold Lane. Standard and special conditions were reviewed.

On the motion of D. Taylor and the second of T. Welles, the Commission voted unanimously to approve a waiver to SR 4.3.4b because the additional road length from 750 ft. to 810 ft. is justified by reason of more favorable topography for the circular turnaround at the chosen location, enhancing private driveway entrances and minimizing disturbance of the natural terrain.

On the motion of D. Taylor and the second of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to approve a waiver to SR 4.3.7 to allow approximately 400 ft. instead of 500 ft. of separation between the intersection of Marchant Rd. and Simpaug Turnpike intersection and the planned intersection of the new road with Marchant Road because it is justified by safety considerations. The planned intersection location is at the point where sightline conditions east and west along Marchant Road are most favorable (300 ft. and 250 ft. respectively.)

On the motion of D. Taylor and the second of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to approve a waiver to SR 4.3.9e to exempt the planting of street trees where space is preempted by approved drainage swales, underground utilities, or existing trees.

On the motion of D. Taylor and the second of T. Welles, the Commission voted unanimously to modify and approve Application #526 per CGS 8-26(d) to allow the front line on Lot One to be delineated as a straight line to eliminate the original narrow gore at the Southeast corner, provided Lot one retains two (2) full acres 87,120 sq. ft. of countable land and 50 ft. of unobstructed frontage along the proposed road with no drainage interference.

On the motion of D. Taylor and the second of T. Welles, the Commission voted unanimously to modify and approve Application #526 to delete the proposed accessway from Marchant Road to Lot 10, as it is deemed an unnecessary potential traffic hazard.

On the motion of D. Taylor and the second of T.Welles, the Commission voted unanimously that in consideration of the entirety of materials comprising this application, including the reports, maps, public hearing testimony and the plans as modified herein, the Commission modify and approve Application #526 in accordance with the waivers and modifications stated above, and subject the following Standard and Special Conditions of Approval (attached and available at the Land Use Office.)

III.  ADMINISTRATIVE

  1.  56 Marchant Road, Vanoni/Heyman. Request to discuss drainage onto a Scenic Road. Letter sent to First Selectmen. Continued.D. Taylor read a report from A. Pardee requesting additional time to determine the source of the runoff. Discussion tabled pending receipt of new report.

2.  Scenic Roads (6/23/15 and 7/14/15 issues)

 a.  Cross Highway-Poverty Hollow Road: Letter sent to Selectmen and Highway Superintendent re road trimming. Report from T. Welles. Trimming is complete and item will be removed from Agenda.

b.  Cross Highway-Paving (reconstruction) amendments: Letter sent to Selectmen and Highway Superintendent. Walk with First Selectmen to be scheduled. Report from A. Cumings.

Site Walk findings were reviewed. A. Cumings reviewed additional information received from J. Pemberton re: possible future overlay that will not be applied to the overpaved portion of the road.

c.  Topstone Road-Jeff Hanson’s meeting re dirt roads cancelled due to storm/tornado. New information pending. Report T. Welles.

No new information or discussion pending J. Hanson’s meeting with a dirt road expert as requested by J. Pemberton.

IV.  PENDING

1. Ref. 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. 6/5/15-Petra to contact engineer.
2. Town Plan of Conservation & Development. Discuss recommendations.
3,  Sight Line Regulations. Discussion with Zoning, Police Chief, Highway Superintendent.
4.  Cul de Sac Design and Maintenance to coordinate Highway Department needs and Planning Regulations.
5.  Jose Goncalves, App #506, Lot #2, 220 Umpawaug Road. Site Walk 7/11/15. Request to enlarge Building Construction & Restriction Line a short distance. Plan adhering to original concept approved. Awaiting final draft.
6.  Goodsell Hill Road—Discuss reconfiguring Beeholm Road at the Rt. 107 intersection vs. one-way road. Letter sent to Selectmen.

V.  CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Formation of an IHZ Committee has begun to include no less than 3 members and no more than five. T. Welles submitted a draft charge of Committee duties.

On the motion of J. Bacon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Submitted by: Kristi C. Reilly

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