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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 05/26/2021

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 06/02/2021 5:21pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Redding Zoning Commission
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Agenda
May 26, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Via ZOOM

Present: Matt Lecher, Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary; Alternate Diana Carlino-Coffey; Alternate Gary Miyashiro.

Also Present: Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicants.

PUBLIC HEARING:
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. noting that the hearing is a continuation of the hearing that was opened on May 12, 2021. He seated Ms. Carlino-Coffey for the open seat on the commission, and Mr. Miyashiro for Commissioner Ted Ogonek.

Application #21-05Z – 186 Blackrock Turnpike (Assessor’s Map and Lot #23-72) – Owner: Redding Fire District No. 1 – Agent: Frank Scinto Esq. In accordance with Redding Zoning Regulations Section 5.2 request for a Site Plan approval to demolish existing firehouse and construct a new Firehouse, with associated site work.
Received 4/14/21: Public Hearing 5/12/21: Continuation of Public hearing 5/26/21

The Chairman noted that responses to a peer review (completed by Todd Ritchie of SLR Consultants) had been received from the applicant.

Ms. Carlino-Coffey asked several questions of Craig Studer, the project Landscape Architect. She asked about his reply to comment #4 of the peer review memo. Mr. Studer said that curb stops had been moved to allow stormwater to flow past proposed wheel stops. Ms. Carlino-Coffey also asked about peer review comments regarding the location of a hydrant. Mr. Studer explained that there was design confusion between himself and the project architect, Jeff Mose, and they had both added a hydrant to their drawings in different locations when only one was called for. He said that the location called out by the Mose drawings was the final location and that the hydrant shown on his drawings has been removed.

The Chairman asked about the peer review comments regarding access from a neighboring property that would be required for construction of the proposed retaining wall. He noted that it would be appropriate for the commission to have some acknowledgement from the neighbor as to allowed access to their property.

Mr. Miyashiro asked about the parking for the property. He noted that, during previous applications, the commission had approved overflow parking for the Saint Patrick’s Church Group (169 Blackrock Turnpike) at 179 Blackrock Turnpike, which is a vacant property across
from 186 Blackrock Turnpike. He asked this question in relation to peer review concerns regarding use of the second floor hall in the proposed new fire house.

Fire Commissioner Dave Hermenze spoke to this issue. He said that the fire department does not allow the use of their property for functions unrelated to the function of the fire department and commission. He further noted that, in the case that there are needs for fire department parking overflow, the department has permission from the adjacent cemetery to the south to park cars on vacant, unused land on that property.

The Chairman asked about another of the peer review comments regarding use of an 8” vs a 12” pipe in the storm design level. Design engineer Rob Frangione P.E. stated that he would be happy to speak to the peer review engineer, Todd Ritchie, P.E. regarding this issue.

Hearing no further comments, the Chairman noted that the hearing would be continued to the next regularly scheduled meeting of June 9, 2021.

REGULAR MEETING:

1. Approval of Public Hearing Minutes and Regular Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2021.

On the motion of Ms. Carlino-Coffey, and the second of Ms. Atamian, the commission voted unanimously to accept the minutes as written.

2. Application #21-05Z – 186 Blackrock Turnpike (Assessor’s Map and Lot #23-72) – Owner: Redding Fire District No. 1 – Agent: Attorney Frank Scinto. In accordance with Redding Zoning Regulations Section 5.2 request for a Site Plan approval to demolish existing firehouse and construct a new Firehouse, with associated site work. If public hearing is closed, for discussion/action.

As the hearing for this application was continued to the next meeting, discussion of this application was tabled.

3. Application #21-06Z – 614 Redding Road (Assessors’ (Map #13 and Lot #81) – Brett Stafford, owner – In accordance with Redding Zoning Regulations Section 5.10: request for a Site Plan Approval for a Residential Home Enterprise within existing accessory building approval for a well pump and water treatment service company. To receive/discuss/take action.

Mr. Stafford was in attendance at the meeting and he presented his application. He stated that he has a well pump and water filtration business that he wishes to run from the property he has purchased at 614 Redding Road. He explained that there is an existing 4-bay garage on the property where he will keep his equipment.

The Chairman asked if there was a survey available of the property. The applicant stated that the property is 30 acres and he was unsure if a survey was needed for the application. The Chairman stated that the commission would need to see the location and size of the buildings on the property. Ms. Pardee further noted that the commission would need to know the floor areas of the existing buildings on the property. Ms. Carlino-Coffey asked if there were any modifications proposed to the existing buildings at this time; the applicant said that there are none currently proposed.

The applicant said that he would look into obtaining a survey and floor area information for submission to the commission. Further discussion was tabled until such time as that information is received.

4. Discussion.

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

5. Future Agenda Items.

Continuation of the Public Hearing for Application 21 – 05Z.

6. Communication

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

7. Adjournment

On the motion of Ms. Atamian, and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 p.m.

Submitted by:
Aimee Pardee