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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 12/11/2019

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 12/24/2019 9:45am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

Redding Zoning Commission
Regular Meeting Minutes
December 11, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Hearing Room
100 Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut

Present:  Matt Lecher, Vice Chairman; Amy Atamian, Secretary, Commissioner Ted Ogonek.
Also Present:  Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer
Mr. Lecher presided over the meeting as Acting Chairman; he called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.

1.  Approval of Minutes Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes of September 11, 2019.
On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Ogonek, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the September 11, 2019 meeting as written.

2.  Election of Officers
Ms. Pardee noted that long time Chairman Gerry Casiello had been defeated in the November election leaving the Chairmanship vacant.  Ms. Atamian stated that she would like to continue as Secretary, which would allow her to continue to be Chairman of the Water Pollution Control Commission.  Mr. Ogonek nominated Mr. Lecher to be Chairman; he was unanimously endorsed.  Mr. Lecher nominated Ms. Atamian to continue as Secretary; she was unanimously endorsed.  It was decided that the position of Vice Chairman would remain vacant for the immediate future.

3.  Approval of Zoning Meeting Schedule for 2020.
Ms. Atamian moved that the meeting schedule for 2020 be approved.  Mr. Ogonek seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

4.  Discussion.
            -Interpretation of Redding Zoning Regulations regarding ground-mount solar arrays.

Ms. Pardee stated that she has received an application to install a ground-mounted solar array for residential use.  She said that she is unclear if this is an allowed use and she asked the Commission for their interpretation.

Mr. Lecher asked about the ground-mounted solar array at New Pond Farm; Ms. Pardee stated that it had been approved as part of a Special Use Permit.

The Commission reviewed the regulations and it was the consensus that ground-mounted solar arrays for residential use are currently not addressed by the regulations and, therefore, are not an allowed use.  They discussed the possibility of amending the regulations and asked Ms. Pardee if she could gather information about how other towns address the use.

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

6.  Communication
Ms. Pardee stated that she had received communication for the Redding Police Union asking that the Commission waive the $75.00 application fee that the union is being charged for the Limited Duration Special Use Permit application that they applied for mid-year, but that they withdrew on the night of the public hearing.  On the motion of Mr. Ogonek, and the second of Mr. Atamian, the Commission voted unanimously to waive the fee, but noted that costs of legal notices and mailing would still need to be reimbursed.

7.  Adjournment
On the motion of Ms. Atamian and the second of Mr. Ogonek, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:08 p.m.

Submitted by:
Aimee Pardee

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