Redding Planning Commission
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
7:30 p.m. – Old Town House
Present: Toby Welles, Chairman; Anda Cuming; Steve Gagnon; Nancy King; Regina O’Brien, Alt., Claire Matzke, Alt., seated for J. Bacon.
Absent: James Bacon
Also present: Jo-an Brooks, Land Use Coordinator, John Hayes, Town Planning Consultant
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.
I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES -Meeting of 1/19/18
On the motion of A. Cuming and the second of N. King, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the 1/9/18 Meeting Minutes.
II. PUBLIC HEARING TO OPEN
Resubdivision App. #527, 42 Wayside Lane, Paula S. Cartoun, Trust. Proposed resubdivision of 9.31 acres into 2 lots. Presentation 11/28/17. Public Hearing opened 1/9/18. Deadline to close 2/13/18.
Michael Mazzucco was present in addition to Mr. and Mrs. Cartoun. T. Welles stated that residents of Wayside Lane were asked to comment on the priority of Scenic Road vs. boulder. Additional responses are anticipated. N. King suggested documenting the location of the responders in reference to the boulder. T. Welles stressed the need to “balance health and safety, sightlines and the sanctity of the Scenic Road Ordinance.”
Mr. Welles noted receipt of a report from Milone & MacBroom suggesting soil testing at the time of the application. J. Brooks stated that J. Hayes is in agreement.
M. Mazzucco reviewed two new maps; one displaying an additional bypass on the proposed driveway and a re-creation of the cultural resource map on a 40 scale. T. Welles noted the need for stone wall height reduction details. He requested photographs of the existing stone wall and a description of proposed heights along specific portions of the wall.
John Hayes reviewed his comments including additional documentation and technical information. A potential zoning issue re: setback lines was noted. M. Mazzucco will review with ZEO A. Pardee. Mr. Hayes will submit a written report detailing deficiencies and remarks.
1. DOT Plans for Long Ridge Road. Need to establish W. Redding as an attractive Cultural Center. Discussion.
Toby Welles reported on his attendance at the DOT information meeting. Abutters will be notified by mail for additional information meetings. Commissioners discussed beautifying the history of the area and possible beautification ideas. J. Hayes suggested the area could qualify as a small transit oriented district.
Local property owners will be invited to attend the 2/27/18 meeting.
2. Town Plan of Conservation & Development 2008
2008 Plan Recommendations to be submitted to the office by email with the following advice (a) to be pursued currently, (b) to be continued to the 2018 Plan or (c) to be discontinued. All chapters to be emailed to: Planning@townofreddingct.org.
Toby Welles stated that Commissioners should continue to edit assigned chapters and make sure they are up to date for the next meeting.
3. Scenic Road Monitoring. Reports by Commission monitors.
Drainage problems are Old Hattertown Road were noted.
4. Subdivision Regulation Revisions: S.R. 4.5. Discussion.
John Hayes will email his report to J. Brooks. Suggestions for additional revisions were noted i.e. laybys on long driveways; language re: archaeological significance on lots with existing homes.
5. Draft Driveway Easement & Maintenance Agreement. Received 7/11/17. Updated version reviewed by Counsel. Discussion of Commission’s review.
J. Brooks will forward final comments from Counsel for discussion at the next meeting.
6. IHZ Status. Discussion for action.
T. Welles will follow up with J. Pemberton.
1. Changes to IHZ overlay zone on Old Mill Road.
2. 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 re new dimensions.
IV. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Toby Welles reported on the 1/22/18 meeting re: proposed fracking ban.
The annual conference for the CT Federation of Planning and Zoning Agencies is on March 22, 2018 at the Aqua Turf Club. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Land Use Office.
On the motion of S. Gagnon, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Submitted by: Kristi C. Reilly