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Minutes of Planning Commission Site Walk, 04/01/2017

AGENDA: Planning Commission Site Walk

RECEIVED 04/03/2017 9:18am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Proposed Dog Recreation Park
2nd Site Walk Minutes – 4/1/17 – 9:30p – 10:30 AM

Attending for Redding Planning Commission: Toby Welles, Nancy King, Claire Matzke
Also attending: David Daignault – Applicant

The site walk began promptly at 9:30 AM. We walked the site located on the southern edge of the drive leading into Topstone Park. It is configured as a rough rectangle with its eastern and western boundaries curved a bit to better conformed to the land contours. A slumped and disorganized stone wall bisects the site in a NNW to SSE direction. The land is a roughly level section lying in a saddle with the land either level or sloping gently downward at a 3% grade in the northerly direction, while the western and eastern portions slope gently toward the center of the site at a maximum 2 – 3% grade.

Mr. Daignault indicated that there would be a division into two fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large. There would be a front and a rear gate for each, to allow exiting to retrieve dog toys that might go over the fence. In addition, there would be a wider gate to permit vehicular access should it be deemed necessary for tree or other maintenance. Signage and dog dropping bag dispenser/collector boxes would be like those at the existing McGee’s dog park, by the pond.

It was suggested that the fences be 4’ high and of a black color to blend in as much as possible. Also, any benches should be made of natural materials for the same reason. If the project is approved, it was mentioned that the Redding Planning Commission would be interested in going over the plans to review them for adherence to as natural an aesthetic as possible.

Finally, we walked to the site of the existing dog park by Topstone Pond, known as McGee’s Dog Park to observe its condition and features. All was in order there and we observed the bench that was made of slate and stone as being a possible example of a natural bench style that could be reproduced at the new park. It was also mentioned that features such a boulders or logs might be a fun addition for dogs to play on or around in the new dog park. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Submitted by:
Toby Welles, Acting Chair, Redding Planning Commission