Redding Zoning Commission
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes
June 9, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Present: Matt Lecher, Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary; Commissioner Ted Ogonek; Commissioner Bill Whitehead; Alternate Diana Carlino-Coffey; Alternate Gary Miyashiro.
Also Present: Julia Pemberton, First Selectman; Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicants, Members of the Public.
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. seating Mr. Miyashiro for the open seat on the commission.
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: Continuation of Public Hearing 6/9/21.
The Chairman noted that the Town’s Engineering Consultant, Todd Ritchie, P.E., had not yet commented on the latest comments from the Applicant’s Engineer Rob Frangione, P.E. Mr. Frangione said that he and Mr. Ritchie are in discussion over aspects of the proposed stormwater management but that Mr. Ritchie is on vacation this week; he hopes to continue the discussion when Mr. Ritchie returns to work next week. Mr. Frangione also noted that new soil testing had been done yesterday in the area of the proposed septic in the presence of both the state and local health departments. He reported that the test holes had reached native soil that was a sandy gravel mix which will be suitable for the designed septic system.
Mr. Lecher suggested that the hearing remain open until the next meeting so that additional comments can be received from Mr. Ritchie and the health departments. Attorney Scinto agreed to an extension of the public hearing and stated that he would provide that extension in writing.
1. Approval of Public Hearing Minutes and Regular Meeting Minutes of May 26, 2021.
Mr. Lecher said that he had not received the minutes. Discussion was tabled until the commission could access the minutes.
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.
Discussion was tabled to the next meeting of June 23, 2021 as the hearing remains open.
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.
Ms. Pardee stated that she had received an email from Mr. Stafford today. He said he could not attend the meeting but would try to get additional information requested by the commission to the office before the next meeting. The commission tabled further discussion.
4. Application #21-07Z – 241 Ethan Allan Highway (Assessor’s Map #35 and Lot #63) – Owner Dominick A. Pagano – Agent: Andy Soumelidis/Landtech, 518 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. In accordance with Redding Zoning Regulations Section 5.2 request for a Site Plan approval for renovation and addition onto existing building.
Curt Lowenstein, P.E.; Rick Tomasetti, Project Architect; Ryan Fletcher of Fletcher Development; and Nick Fletcher of Fletcher Development were present.
Mr. Lowenstein shared his screen of the site plan and discussed the project. He said that the property is in the SB Zone and is about 8 acres in size; the property contains an existing building and developed parking. He showed the commission the developed area and the adjacent wetlands and flood zone noting that there is currently an application before the Redding Conservation Commission for this project but that all the developed area is outside of the flood zone. He said that there are three existing curb cuts; the southernmost will be closed off and the parking area will be somewhat reconfigured to allow traffic access to rear of the building. The building footprint will remain the same except for a small addition to the rear which will contain an office and freight elevator with a drive through from the building rear to front for loaded/unloading of materials. The proposed use of the building is self-storage for contractors on the first floor, and individuals on the second floor: no outdoor storage will be allowed.
Regarding stormwater management, Mr. Lowenstein said that there are existing catch basins that discharge to the Norwalk River. New catch basins will be added to the south of the building and a water quality chamber will also be added. To the north of the building, an existing catch basin will be fitted with an insert. An underground tank will be added to the front right of the building to provide water storage for a fire suppression system. Buffer plantings will be added between the developed area and the Norwalk River.
Mr. Lowenstein noted that the application package included a traffic study that had concluded that the self-storage use was less intensive than the previous factory use of the property.
Mr. Tomasetti spoke regarding the proposed building renovations. He said that interior partitions would be removed, leaving the core areas of stairwells and bathrooms in place. The first floor is proposed to have individual storage areas constructed with outdoor access via overhead doors; the second floor would be fitted with traditional self-storage areas. The exterior steel skin of the building is proposed to be pained dark grey, but enhancements include plantings, barn door hardware, and new roof panels to hide roof top utilities.
Mr. Lecher asked about the septic system. Mr. Lowenstein said that the existing septic is planned to be used; confirmation from the Redding Health Department is pending.
Mr. Lecher stated that the application will be reviewed by the Town Engineer. The applicant suggested that, given the review schedule, the next discussion of the application could be scheduled for July 14, 2021. The Commission briefly discussed whether there would be a need for a public hearing regarding the application. The Chairman suggested that the commissioners review the application materials, along with Section 5.2.3 regarding the criterion for holding a public hearing, and the commission could return to that discussion at the June 23rd meeting.
Ms. Atamian asked if the Town of Ridgefield would be notified of the application; Ms. Pardee confirmed that they would.
Further discussion of the application was tabled.
The commission returned to the following agenda item:
Approval of Public Hearing Minutes and Regular Meeting Minutes of May 26, 2021.
The commission accessed the minutes via links provided on the digital agenda. After a review, Ms. Atamian moved that the minutes be accepted as written. Mr. Miyashiro seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.
There was no discussion under this agenda item.
6. Future Agenda Items
All items on the current agenda will appear on the June 23, 2021 agenda.
There was no discussion under this agenda item.
On the motion of Mr. Ogonek, and the second of Mr. Atamian, the commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:06 p.m.