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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 08/11/2021

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 08/19/2021 9:05am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Redding Zoning Commission
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes
August 11, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Held Via ZOOM

Present: Mathew Lecher, Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary; Alternate Diana Carlino-Coffey.

Also Present: Julia Pemberton, First Selectman; Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicants and Members of the Public.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 8:32 p.m., seating Ms. Carlino-Coffey for Commissioner Bill Whitehead.

PUBLIC HEARING
Application #21-08Z – 5 Umpawaug Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot 42 – 60): Owner Yvonne Bregman – Agent William Harding/Harding Builders. In accordance with Section 5.12, application for Special Permit for detached residential apartment and, in accordance with Section 5.10, application for Site Plan Approval for home occupation/professional office.

Ms. Pardee read the call for the hearing. On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Ms. Carlino-Coffey, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the call and open the hearing.

The Applicant’s Agent, Mr. Harding, spoke to the Commission. He explained that the Applicant wishes to have a structure on her property where she can see patients; she also wishes to be able to use the structure as a guest house. Ms. Atamian asked about the septic system for the new building; Mr. Harding said that they will be tying into the existing septic system for the house on site. Ms. Pardee stated that she had spoken to Doug Hartline, Redding’s Health Official, and he had verbally confirmed to her that the existing septic system could accommodate the new use but that the Applicant was waiting for final sign-off.

The Chairman opened the hearing to public comment. Deborah McCarthy, an adjoining property owner at 1 Parson’s Lane, said that she had just received notification of the hearing and not been able to review the application. She also expressed confusion in that her notification stated that the apartment would be “attached” versus “detatched. Ms. Pardee shared her screen to show the materials that had been received by the Commission, particularly the site plan showing the proposed location of a new building. Ms. McCarthy asked about the size of the building: Mr. Harding said that it would be a single-story building of about 750 square feet.

John McCarthy, also of 1 Parson’s Lane, spoke. He asked about the building’s compliance with other codes; the Chairman said it would go through the Building Permit process. He also asked about the amount of traffic that would be generated by the use. Mr. Harding stated that Ms. Bregman sees her patients “one on one” and that she would see a limited number of patients in a day. Ms. Carlino-Coffey suggested a review of the floor plan of the building and Ms. Pardee shared it to the meeting.

Ms. McCarthy asked if the building could be rented as an apartment. Ms. Pardee stated that it could but that the owner would have to occupy either the main house or the apartment. Ms. McCarthy asked how this is monitored. Ms. Pardee concurred that this can be difficult but that she monitors real estate advertisements of available rentals.

Ms. McCarthy asked how long it would take to construct the building; Mr. Harding stated that it would take six to eight months. He clarified that it would usually take much less time, but the anticipated schedule is based upon the current shortage of building supplies and the difficulty in obtaining contractors such as electricians and plumbers.

Marek Bil, of 140 Peaceable Street, asked about the height of the proposed building. Mr. Harding stated that it will be of a contemporary design and will be about ten feet tall.

Hearing no further questions or comments, Ms. Atamian moved that the Public Hearing be closed. Ms. Carlino-Coffey seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously, closing the hearing at 7:55 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING:

1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of July 28, 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 #21-08Z – 5 Umpawaug Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot 42 – 60): Owner Yvonne Bregman – Applicant William Harding/Harding Builders. In accordance with Section 5.12, application for Special Permit for attached residential apartment and, in accordance with Section 5.10, application for Site Plan Approval for home occupation/professional office.

The Commission discussed the need for approval of the septic hook up to the main house septic. Ms.Atamian moved that the application be approved conditional upon approval of the septic system by the Health Department. Ms. Carlino-Coffey raised concern about a defect in the hearing notification where the notification referred to the new construction as being “attached” instead of “detached”. The Commission discussed whether they felt adequate notice of the application had been made; Ms. Pardee reviewed the notification procedure.

After further discussion, Ms. Carlino-Coffey seconded Ms. Atamian’s motion and it was carried unanimously.

3. Application #21-07Z – 241 Ethan Allan Highway (Assessor’s Map and Lot 35 – 63): Owner Dominick A. Pagano – Agent: Andy Soumelidis P.E./Landtech. In accordance with Redding Zoning Regulations Section 5.2 request for a Site Plan approval for renovation of and addition to existing building.

Ms. Pardee stated that she has not received a response from the Applicant’s Agent to the Town’s peer review but that the Applicant’s Agent hopes to have a response by the first meeting in September. She said that the Applicant’s Agent has granted the Commission an extension to the review period until September 8, 2021.

4. Discussion

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

5. Future Agenda Items:
Public Hearing Sept. 8, 2021 – 486 Redding Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot 21 – 95) Owner Town of Redding/John Read Middle School – Agents Tom Quinn P.E. and Darrell Bradford – To construct pavilion for outdoor classroom.

6. Communication

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

7. Adjournment

On the motion of Ms. Atamian, and the second of Mr. Carlino-Coffey, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:07 p.m.

Submitted by:
Aimee Pardee

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