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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 12/13/2017

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 12/18/2017 11:40am

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Redding Zoning Commission
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes
December 13, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Hearing Room
100 Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut

Present:  Gerry Casiello, Chairman; Commissioner Paul Scholl; Alternate Gary Miyashiro.
Also Present:  Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicants James and Margaret Lipton; Paula Darlington; Brian Swedrock.

Public Hearing:
Application #2017-25Z: 230 Poverty Hollow Road (Assessor’s Map and Block No. 16 – 48).  Owners: Janice and Matthew Meehan; contract purchasers: James and Margaret Lipton.  In accordance with Section 5.12 of the Redding Zoning Regulations, request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment within an existing accessory building.  Received November 8, 2017.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.; he seated Mr. Miyashiro for Commissioner Amy Atamian.

Mr. Miyashiro read the call for the hearing.  On the motion of Mr. Scholl, and the second of Mr. Casiello, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the call and open the public hearing.

The Chairman recognized the applicants James and Margaret Lipton.  They stated that they are purchasing 230 Poverty Hollow Road where there is a large, existing barn/garage.  They stated that they wish to install an apartment in a portion of the barn; the apartment will be about 650 square feet in area.

The Commission reviewed a survey of the property and clarified which building is proposed to contain the apartment.  The Chairman reviewed the requirements for an accessory apartment; the Commission asked about available parking for the apartment.  Ms. Pardee stated that there is sufficient parking near the barn/garage.  The Chairman read into the record comments from the Health Department stating that the barn has adequate septic capacity for the apartment.  The Chairman also read a referral from the Redding Planning Commission stating that the apartment would be in accordance with the Town Plan of Development.

The Chairman opened the hearing to public comment.  Brian Swedrock, of 4 Great Meadow Road, stated that he had been notified of the hearing and was attending in order to understand the application.  He stated that he had no objection to the proposed use.

Hearing no further questions or comments, Mr. Scholl moved that the hearing be closed.   Mr. Miyashiro seconded the motion and the commission voted unanimously to close the hearing at 7:40 p.m.

Regular Meeting:
The Chairman opened the regular meeting at 7:40 p.m.; he seated Mr. Miyashiro for Commissioner Amy Atamian.

1.  Approval of Minutes:  Public Hearing and Regular Meeting of November 8, 2017.

Mr. Scholl noted that he was not present at the November 8, 2017 meeting; since there were therefore insufficient votes to accept the minutes, the commission tabled the vote on the minutes until the next regular meeting.

2.  Application #2017-25Z – 230 Poverty Hollow Road (Assessor’s Map and Block No. 16 – 48).  Owners: Janice and Matthew Meehan; contract purchasers: James and Margaret Lipton.  In accordance with Section 5.12 of the Redding Zoning Regulations, request for a Special Use Permit for an accessory apartment within an existing accessory building.  Received November 8, 2017; if public hearing closed, for discussion/action.

The Chairman briefly reviewed the application and Section 5.12 of the regulations.

Mr. Miyashiro moved that the commission approve the application; Mr. Scholl seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

3.  Application #2017-26Z – 8 Dorethy Road (Assessor’s Map and Block No. 42 – 138).  Owners Jiri Beksa & Jana Stehlikova.  I accordance with Section 5.10 of the Redding Zoning Regulations, request for a Site Plan Approval for a residential home enterprise of a child care facility within and existing dwelling.  For receipt/action.

The Chairman reviewed the application, noting that family child care is allowed by State Statute in residential zones, but he further noted that the Zoning Commission has jurisdiction over some aspects of family child care such as number of employees, parking and the like, in accordance with Section 5.10 of the zoning regulations.

The Commission reviewed 5.10 and found the proposed use to be substantially in conformance with the regulations with the exception of the requirements for conforming parking spaces for employees.  Ms. Pardee noted that she had looked at the property and suggested that the applicant could easily add parking spaces near their garage to accommodate employees.

Mr. Miyashiro moved that the application be approved with the condition that the applicant create conforming parking for employees approved by the Zoning Enforcement Officer.  Mr. Scholl seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

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

5.  Future Agenda Items.
There was no discussion under this agenda item.

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

7.  Adjournment.
On the motion of Mr. Scholl and the second of Mr. Miyashiro, the commission voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Aimee Pardee