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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 03/27/2019

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

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REDDING ZONING COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019
7:30PM TOWN HALL HEARING ROOM
100 HILL ROAD, REDDING, CT

Filed subject to approval

Present: Gerry Casiello, Chairman; Matt Lecher, Vice Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary; Commissioner Ted Ogonek; Commissioner Paul Scholl; Alternate Gary Miyashiro.
Also Present: Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicants; Members of the Public.

Chair Casiello called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. noting that all regular members of the commission were present and seated.

1.  Approval of Minutes:   Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes of March 13, 2019

MOTION:
Ms. Atamian motioned to approve the minutes from the Public Hearing and Regular Meeting of March 13, 2019. Mr. Ogonek seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.

2.  Application #18-22Z – Deborah and Peter Mygatt 39 Orchard Drive and 67 Glen Hill Road  (Assessor’s Map #37 & Lot #40) and (Assessor’s Map #37 & Lot #24)– Request for a Special Use Permit, in accordance with Redding Regulations Sections 4.2.3 (b) and 5.1, to use an existing building to conduct church services.   Public hearing closed on March 13, 2019, for discussion/action.

The Chairman stated that regular members of the Zoning Commission are familiar with the application and public comment; he stated that there was some confusion as to whether Mr. Scholl had been present at the first hearing but, upon examining the recordings of the hearing, it was confirmed that Mr. Scholl had been present.

Chairman Casiello asked the Commission to re-examine the application and the requirements for a Special Use Permit.

Chairman Casiello stated that the minutes of the hearings were reviewed as well as all correspondence that had been received regarding the application.  He spoke regarding the concerns that were:

– Increase in traffic that could result in safety issues
– Growth of the congregation
– Members of the congregation are unknown to neighbors
– Environmental impact of cars and use of the building
– Possible tax abatement by the owner
– Impact on the quality of life in the neighborhood
– Concern for the ability of the Town to enforce regulations
– Impact on property values
– Compliance of the structure with building and fire codes
– Use of the building for other congregations
– Larger events being hosted by the congregation
– Size of Orchard Drive
– Size of Glen Hill Road and sight lines
– Church serving parishioners from outside the area
– Setting precedent
– Use is not in harmony with residential nature of neighborhood

Chair Casiello stated that traffic’s impact on the nature of the neighborhood are the concerns the Commission can address.

Mr. Scholl asked the Commission how much the traffic will increase and what this means for the neighborhood. He said that the increase in volume isn’t enough to create a burden. The concern surrounds the idea of strangers coming into the neighborhood.

Mr. Ogonek said the safety of children is part of the concern of increased traffic.

Chair Casiello said the church existed for a year and a half before there was a complaint. He said that the traffic wasn’t problematic enough to generate opposition or concern in the neighborhood until long after it started.

Mr. Lecher said Orchard Drive is a lollipop road and the church will invite new people into the neighborhood who never would drive down it otherwise.

Mr. Ogonek said the application fits the regulation.

Ms. Atamian asked about the subdivision in the second plan. She asked if there is an issue if the rental units are part of the same parcel as the church. Chair Casiello said this is not a problem.

MOTION:
Ms. Atamian made a motion to approve Application #18-22Z with conditions. Mr. Scholl seconded the motion. There were four yes votes (Casiello, Ogonek, Atamian, and Scholl) and one no vote (Lecher). The motion carried.

The conditions are as follows:

1.      A site plan should be modified to show 12 parking spaces for the church. A site plan with the lot line revisions should be filed with the Town Clerk.
2.      Church use is limited to twelve cars.
3.      Services will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in accordance with the application and indoors.
4.      Large events would require a Special Use Permit from the Commission.
5.      One sign is allowed for the church.
6.      Review of the use by the Commission will occur in one year.

3.  Future Agenda Item
There were no future agenda items to discuss.

4.  Communication
There was no communication to be discussed.

5.  Adjournment

MOTION:
Mr. Ogonek made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:11PM.

Submitted by,
Zachary Smith

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