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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 03/22/2017

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 03/23/2017 10:33am

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Redding Zoning Commission
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes
March 22, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Hearing Room
100 Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut

Present:  Gerry Casiello, Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary; Alternate Gary Miyashiro; Alternate William Whitehead.
Also Present: Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; John Carlson, Applicant.

PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. Application 17-07Z 130 Picketts Ridge Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 11-3): John Carlson. Request for a Special Use Permit for a greenhouse in excess of 2000 square feet in accordance with Sections 4.2.3 (k) and 5.14.4, and Site Plan Approval for a workshop accessory to dwelling in accordance with Section 5.10: accessory to allowed primary uses of a single family dwelling and farming and horticulture.  Received February 22, 2017; Public Hearing March 22, 2017.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  He noted that he and regular commission member Amy Atamian were present; he then seated Mr. Miyashiro for Commissioner Matt Lecher, and Mr. Whitehead for Commissioner Paul Scholl.

Ms. Atamian read the call for the public hearing.  On the motion of Mr. Miyashiro and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the commission voted unanimously to accept the call and open the public hearing.

John Carlson, the applicant, was asked to come forward and review the application with the commission.  Mr. Carlson explained that the primary use for 130 Picketts Ridge Road will be to grow plants for his business which creates vegetable gardens on his client’s private properties.  He said he will be growing seedlings in a greenhouse, and a dwelling will be built to accommodate either a full-time employee, or a couple.  The dwelling will be on the second floor of a building, while a couple of offices and a small workshop will be on the first floor.  He stated that he will sometimes use one of the offices, as will a part-time bookkeeper.  Another barn on site will accommodate farm equipment and will be available for activities relating to the farm.  He said that most of the business aspect of the operation will be conducted off site, and he understands that the number of employees on site relating to the construction of off-site gardens will be limited to three and that the workshop size is also limited.

The Chairman clarified that the farming aspect of the property use, as well as the dwelling, are permitted by right and that the number of people working on the farm is not limited; the only limitations are related to the home enterprise of assembling components for the off-site gardens.

The Chairman read comments that had been received from the Planning Commission, and from the Health Department.  Both referrals were positive.

The commission discussed the application, reviewing again the nature of the business, the size of the property, and the activities of employees.  The applicant again stated that he understands the limitations in terms of the activities relating to the home enterprise.

There were no members of the public present to comment so, hearing no further questions or comments from the commission, the Chairman suggested a motion to close the hearing.  On the motion of Ms. Atamian, and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the commission voted unanimously to close the public hearing at 7:40 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING (immediately following Public Hearing):

The Chairman called the regular meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.  He again seated Mr. Miyashiro for Commissioner Matt Lecher and Mr. Whitehead for Commissioner Paul Scholl.

  1. Approval of Minutes: Public Hearing and Regular Meeting February 22, 2017.

On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the commission voted by majority to accept the minutes of the February 22, 2017 meeting.  Mr. Whitehead, who was not present at the February 22nd meeting, abstained from the vote.

  1. Application 17-07Z 130 Picketts Ridge Road (Assessor’s Map and Lot No. 11-3): John Carlson. Request for a Special Use Permit for a greenhouse in excess of 2000 square feet in accordance with Sections 4.2.3 (k) and 5.14.4, and Site Plan Approval  for a workshop accessory to dwelling in accordance with Section 5.10: accessory to allowed primary uses of a single family dwelling and farming and horticulture.  If public hearing is closed, for discussion/action.

The Chairman briefly reviewed the application, noting that the farming of the property is allowed by right; the Special Use Permit is required due to the size of the proposed greenhouse, and a Site Plan Approval is required for the home enterprise.  On the motion of Ms. Atamian, and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the commission voted unanimously to approve both the Special Use Permit and the Site Plan.

  1. Application 17-10Z – 25 Cross Highway (Map and Lot #22 &57) First Church of Christ Congregational.  Request for a Limited Duration Special Use Permit in accordance with Section 5.11.2 of the Redding Zoning Regulations to hold its “Annual Church Fair” on September 30, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:30pm.  Previously held on September 24, 2016. For discussion/action.

The Chairman noted that this event has been held for close to 40 years and that it is very well run and enjoyed by the community.  On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the commission voted unanimously to grant the Limited Duration Special Use Permit for the fair.

  1. Application 17-11Z – 101 Marchant Road (Map and Lot #12 & 79): New Pond Farm. Request for a Limited Duration Special Use Permit in accordance with Section 5.11.2 of the Redding Zoning Regulations to hold its “Hunt for the Hens” tour of in town chicken coops on June 3, 2017 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Locations include Church Hill Lane, Giles Hill Rd., Poverty Hollow Rd., Putnam Park Rd., Mountain Rd., Wood Rd., Umpawaug Rd.,& Sanfordtown Rd.  Previously held on May 31, 2014.  For discussion/action.

The Chairman stated that this was a first time event two years ago and that it was well run and very well attended.  On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the commission voted unanimously to grant the Limited Duration Special Use Permit for the coop tour.

5. Discussion

The Chairman noted that there will be a presentation at the Community Center on March 26th regarding the former Gilbert and Bennett property in Georgetown.  He stated that he wished to clarify that the presentation is being put on by a party that does not currently have a stake in the property and he wanted the commissioners to understand that information presented does not represent a town sanctioned plan or a forthcoming application.

  1. Future Agenda Items

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

  1. Communication

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

  1. Adjournment

On the motion of Mr. Miyashiro and the second of Mr. Atamian, the commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:51 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:

Aimee Pardee