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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 02/23/2022

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 03/01/2022 10:41am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Redding Zoning Commission
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 23, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
Via ZOOM

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

Also Present: Julia Pemberton, First Selectman; Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicants.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m., seating Ms. Carlino-Coffey for Commissioner Whitehead and Mr. Miyashiro for the open seat on the commission.

PUBLIC HEARING:

Application #22-03Z – 57 Giles Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 31-12): Owners Michael Sukin and Kimberly Bonnell. In accordance with Section 5.12, request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment. Received January 26, 2022.

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, Kimberly Bonnell, explained the application to the commission. She stated that her property has an existing two-story barn with finished space on the second floor and that she wishes to add a bathroom and kitchen to the space so it will be a complete living space for her adult daughter. Ms. Bonnell noted that the barn has a two car garage, and that there are also two parking spaces outside of the garage.

Ms. Atamian asked about the floor plan for the finished area of the barn; in particular, she asked about a doorway from a closet into a portion of the barn floorplan that was not labeled on the plan. Ms. Bonnell stated that the door provided access into a mechanical room.

Hearing no further questions or comments, Ms. Carlino-Coffey motioned that the commission close the hearing. Mr. Miller seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously, closing the hearing at 7:36 p.m.

The Chairman called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:36 p.m., again seating Mr. Carlino-Coffey and Mr. Miyashiro.

REGULAR MEETING:

1. Approval of Minutes:
December 8, 2021: On the motion of Mr. Lecher, and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the commission voted by majority to accept the minutes as written (Ms. Carlino-Coffey
abstained).
January 12, 2022: On the motion of Mr. Miller, and the second of Ms. Atamian, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the minutes as written.
January 26, 2022: On the motion of Ms. Atamian, and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the Commission voted by majority to accept the minutes as written (Ms. Carlino-Coffey
abstained).

2. Application #22-03Z – 57 Giles Hill Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 31-12): Owners Michael Sukin and Kimberly Bonnell. In accordance with Section 5.12, request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment.

The commission reviewed the application with respect to the requirements for accessory apartments.

Ms. Carlino-Coffey moved to approve application #22-03Z. Mr. Miyashiro seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

3. Application #22-04Z – 296 Ethan Allen Highway (Assessor’s Map and Lot #35-92): Ridgefield Motor Inn. Alex Patel (Owner): Request for Site Plan Approval to demolish existing structures and redevelop property with new “Home2 Suites by Hilton”.

The Commission accepted the application and the Chairman stated that the plans for this project will be sent out for review by the Town Engineer; presentation by the applicant will be at the time when a public hearing is scheduled.

4. Application #22-05Z – 33 Lonetown Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot # 21 – 13) and 37 Lonetown Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot # 21 – 42A): Redding Elementary School and the Redding Community Center, Rob Blick (Agent). Request for Site Plan approval for expansion of sport court area to include pickleball courts.

Mr. Blick was present at the meeting. He explained that the tennis courts at the elementary school are 45 years old and need to be replaced; it is his hope to expand the courts to include several pickleball courts. Mr. Blick noted that the plan would impact two existing parking spaces next to the courts.

The parking at the school and at the Community Center was discussed. It was concurred that parking at the Community Center is adequate and the loss of two parking spaces would not be consequential. There was discussion as to whether a sidewalk could be added between the Community Center parking and the courts: Mr. Blick said that the current project cost is estimated to be $650,000 and the addition of sidewalks would greatly increase the cost. Ms. Pemberton noted that this project will have to go to referendum.

On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Miller, the commission voted unanimously to approve the Site Plan Amendment as presented.

5. Discussion
There was no discussion under this agenda item.

6. Future Agenda Items:
March 9, 2022: Public Hearing Application #22-02Z to change zone designation of 32 Portland Ave. from RC Zone to RV Zone and Application #22-06Z for a craft fair at John Read Middle School.

7. Communication
There was no discussion under this agenda item.

8. Adjournment
On the motion of Mr. Miyashiro and the second of Ms. Atamian, the commission voted unanimously to adjourn their meeting at 8:11 p.m.

Submitted by,
Aimee Pardee

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