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Minutes of Zoning Board of Appeals, 03/18/2014

AGENDA: Zoning Board of Appeals

RECEIVED 03/20/2014 3:45pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Present:

Beth Williams, Chairman
Henry Polio, Secretary
Colleen Litof
Paul Scholl
Scott Smith, Alternate

The meeting was called to order at 7:32 p.m.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

Upon motion of Ms. Litof and second of Mr. Scholl, Beth Williams was unanimously elected (5-0) as Chairman by the Board.

Upon motion of Ms. Williams and second of Mr. Scholl, Henry Polio was unanimously elected (5-0) as Secretary by the Board.

APPROVAL OF ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES:

Upon the Motion of Mr. Polio and second of Ms. Litof, the October 22, 2013 Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Minutes were approved (4-0) by the Board.  Mr. Smith abstained.

REGULAR APPLICATIONS:

Application #13-12-01 – 2 Indian Hill Road – Map 36 & Lot 17 – Owner: Robert Mars & Brenda Phelps~– Requesting a variance to reduce the side yard setback 33’ feet for a 20KW Generator. ~Section 4.6.5 of the Redding Zoning Regulations requires a 40 foot side yard setback. ~Variance requested is 7’ feet.

Mrs. Brenda Phelps presented the application to the Board.  The applicant is requesting a variance that would allow for the placement of a power generator.  The proposed location of the generator is due to wetlands designation, severe topographical and elevation changes and location of the septic tank.  The Board Members reviewed the site map and photos with Mrs. Phelps and clarified with the Applicant different areas of the property and the difficulties faced for alternate solutions.

Mrs. Phelps presented to the Board a letter in support of the generator installation from Thomas and Lynn Condon, the adjacent neighbor at 1 Indian Hill Road.  The letter was read by the Applicant and entered into the record.

Application #14-02-01 – 28 Great Oak Lane – Map #31 & Lot #108 – Owner: Town of Redding: ~Applicant: Redding Highway Dept.~– Requesting a variance to reduce the nonresidential use setback by 20’ feet for an addition to the existing highway garage. Section 5.1.4 of the Redding Zoning Regulations requires a 100’ foot nonresidential use setback. Variance requested is to reduce the setback to 80’ feet and remove the requirement to create a landscaped buffer in the resultant open space.

Jeff Hanson, Highway Superintendent for the Town of Redding, presented the application to the Board.  The proposed addition to the existing Highway garage is 24 feet wide x 100 feet long and is needed to store large equipment and vehicles.  Mr. Hanson indicated that an architect was consulted on the project and the addition was the most cost-effective solution.  Mr. Hanson reviewed the site map with the Board members and pointed out the various buildings on the property and use thereof.   Ms. Williams asked Mr. Hanson about the request for relief of landscape buffer and Mr. Hanson indicated he did not ask for such relief.

Upon motion of Mr. Polio and second of Mr. Smith, the Board entered Deliberative Session at 8:12 p.m.

DELIBERATIVE SESSION:

Application #13-12-01 – 2 Indian Hill Road – Map 36 & Lot 17 – Owner: Robert Mars & Brenda Phelps~– Upon motion of Ms. Litof and second of Mr. Polio, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the variance requested based upon ample demonstration shown of topographical hardship.

Application #14-02-01 – 28 Great Oak Lane – Map #31 & Lot #108 – Owner: Town of Redding: ~Applicant: Redding Highway Dept.

(A) –Upon motion of Mr. Polio and second of Ms. Litof, the Board voted 5-0 to grant the 20 foot variance for the Highway addition as it is the least impactful solution given the limited options on the lot.

(B) –Upon motion of Ms. Williams and second of Mr. Smith, the Board voted 5-0 to deny the request to exclude the buffer and would request the requirement of landscape buffer as stated in Section of 5.1.4 remain intact.

Upon motion of Mr. Scholl and second of Ms. Litof, the Board voted to exit deliberative session at 8:18 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

The Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:19 p.m.

These minutes have not been approved by the ZBA.

Submitted by klg 3/20/14