Tuesday, February 14, 2017
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: Toby Welles, Acting Chairman; Anda Cumings; Laura Hoeing; Nancy King; Regina O’Brien.
Absent: James Bacon, Alt.
New members: Clairann Matzke; Steven Gagnon
Also present: Jo-an Brooks, Land Use Coordinator
John Hayes, Town Planning Consultant
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m.
I. Approval of Minutes -Meeting of 1/24/17
On the motion of A. Cumings and the second of L. Hoeing, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 1/24/17 as amended: Page 1, Item 4., change to “The applicant was instructed to obtain data regarding the anticipated use of proposed dog park in addition to a plan for ongoing funding for maintenance.”
1. Reference App. #351, Lot 16, 66 Deer Hill Road, Stuart Laidlaw. Request to alter BCRL and Drainage. To approve map.
Jo-an Brooks stated that the applicant has the maps and is going to add the proposed drainage locations to the map. N. King stated that a formal map submission should be received for proper documentation. The subdivision file map was reviewed. N. King will scan and enlarge the plan to 40-scale which will be given to Mr. Laidlaw. Discussion will continue pending receipt of the marked up larger map from the applicant. The Town engineer will be requested to inspect the completed work prior to the map being recorded.
2. Location of Dog Park. Discussion re number of interested people, and plan for funding.
Kevin Jones, Chairman Park & Rec., Max and David Daignault were present. Toby Welles reported that per J. Pemberton, Park & Rec is negative on the alternate triangular site and would prefer the originally preferred location.
Mr. Jones spoke on the initial discussions re: playground and anticipated budget cuts. Playground construction is not imminent. Mr. Jones stated that the Park & Rec Commission already mows the area and maintains fences at the community garden and therefore would be available to maintain dog park grass and fences. Mr. Jones also confirmed liability protection.
Max Daignault sent out an email and has received 150 individual positive responses. T. Welles suggested sending out another request for information specifically in terms of anticipated use rather than interest. Mr. Daignault will also be meeting with Ridgefield to learn how they manage their park.
Mr. Jones questioned if moving the location 20 ft. further from the abutting neighbors was an option. L. Hoeing stated that there is opposition from gardeners at the community garden.
Nancy King reiterated the need for a plan with all requested details and facts to assist the Commission in making a recommendation to the Selectmen. John Hayes was asked to review any other possible locations.
3. Referral from Zoning, 11 Wayside Lane. Request for Accessory Apartment. Public Hearing 2/22/17. TO VOTE.
John Hayes provided a verbal report of his review of the proposal. Mr. Hayes stated he will be addressing the need for a standard of required application information for use by the Zoning Department on future accessory apartment applications.
On the motion of T. Welles and the second of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously that the referral is in conformance with the Town Plan of Conservation & Development and has received a positive response from the Town Sanitarian. J. Hayes’ notes on the submission noting a lack of description of ingress and egress stairs and lack of an elevation to do a proper evaluation will be forwarded.
4. IHZ Status. Separation of land outside Super 7 right-of-way per John Hayes for IHZ use. Request to be submitted to Selectmen, State Legislature and DOT Draft Amendment to 8-30g to be submitted for review.
John Hayes reviewed the status and is in support of the Town pursuing the separation of land. T. Welles suggested scheduling a meeting with Senator Duff and a subsequent meeting with the Commissioner of CT Dept. of Housing Evonne Klein.
Toby Welles will follow-up with J. Pemberton.
5. Scenic Road Monitoring. Reports by volunteer monitors.
Scenic Road assignments were re-assigned:
Mark Twain Lane, Sidecut Road, Station Road-C. Matzke
Limekiln, Whortleberry-S. Gagnon
Sherman Turnpike, Wayside Lane -A. Cumings
Lee Lane, Pine Tree, Cross Highway-R. O’Brien
Old Hattertown, Poverty Hollow-T. Welles
Chestnut Woods, Marchant, Topstone-N. King
John Read Road-W. Hill
Re: drainage on Poverty Hollow, Jean Curtis. T. Welles reported that per J. Hansen, a safety issue precludes the need to obtain prior authorization from the Planning Commission on a Scenic Road. T. Welles will call Ms. Curtis.
6. Cul de Sac Design and Sight Lines, Subdivision Regulations, Section 4.3 and Road Regulations. Meeting of Planning and Zoning designees with Highway Superintendent needed per Meadow Edge problem 3/22/16. Discussion.
Toby Welles reported on his meeting with Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson and Greg Hansen regarding a new cul-de-sac plowing technique. Long Meadow and Meadow Edge cul-de-sacs will be re-measured when the snow melts and J. Hayes’ suggestions will be taken into consideration.
Discussion will continue after additional dimensions are obtained.
7. Town Plan of Conservation & Development 2008. Report from the Chairmen of Chapters Two, Five, Seven, and Nine TO DISCUSS. 2008 Plan Recommendations to be (a) pursued currently, (b) continued to the 2018 Plan or (c) discontinued.
New Commission members will not be assigned Chapter recommendations however should review the information for comment. Chapters will be re-examined in terms of what needs to be pursued, continued or discontinued.
Toby Welles noted receipt of a report of town-owned open space from John McLeran. T. Welles will discuss posting the report online with J. Pemberton.
Discussion will continue at the next meeting.
8. Legislative Issues. John Hayes suggests Watershed Protection Bill per Adam Dunsby and possible letter to Western CT Regional Agency re watershed protection.
John Hayes noted the upcoming Housing Committee meeting to discuss Section 8-30g on 2/16/17 and reviewed a proposed amendment to Section G-2a.
On the motion of T. Welles and the second of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously to submit the proposed amendment by John Hayes with changes as discussed on behalf of the Redding Planning Commission.
T. Welles will work with J. Hayes on 2/15/17 to compile the document.
1. 64 Cross Highway, Susan Lockwood. Alteration to a Scenic Road. Request to change curb cut to improve sightlines approved 4/12/16 per Steve Kochis.
2. Ref. App. #348, Lot 2, 8 Putnam Hill Drive. Fred Aley, owner. Map to be submitted showing new BCRL.
3. Ref. App. #504, 34 Mountain Road, Jay Keillor, Joe Nazzaro. Request to review and amend Conditions of Approval. Tabled on 1/24/17.
4. Ref. App. #505. Request for Costa Stergue to complete his road to Town requirements. Alexis Bennett, 20 Costa Lane. Tabled on 1/24/17.
5. Changes to IHZ overlay zone on Old Mill Road.
6. Common Driveway Easement and Maintenance Agreement for standard use per App. #496, 7/12/16.
7. Subdivision Regulation Revisions, i.e. 4.5
IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
A day-long training session by the CT Bar association on planning will be held at Wesleyan University 3/25/17, 8:30-4:30. Anyone interested should contact the Land Use Office.
On the motion of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m.
Kristi C. Reilly