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Minutes of Zoning Commission, 02/24/2021

AGENDA: Zoning Commission

RECEIVED 02/25/2021 5:43pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Redding Zoning Commission
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 24, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.

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

Also Present: Aimee Pardee, Zoning Officer; Applicant Joe LaValle; Pamela Suhr, Public.

The Chairman called the meeting to order a 7:30 p.m. seating all regular members of the Commission as well as Ms. Carlino-Coffey for the open seat on the Commission.


1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of January 27, 2021.
On the motion of Ms. Carlino-Coffey, and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the Commission voted by majority to accept the minutes of the January 27, 2021 meeting as written; Ms. Atamian abstained from the vote stating that she was not present at the meeting.

2. Application #20-07Z: 296 Ethan Allen Highway (Assessor’s Map and Lot #35 – 92) – Ridgefield Motor Inn. Alex Patel (Owner); Anthony Mussachio, Mussachio Architects (Agent). Request for Site Plan Approval to demolish existing structures and redevelop property with new “Home2 Suites by Hilton” including 71 guestrooms, manager living quarters, restaurant, and redesigned/expanded parking. Application has been withdrawn.

The Chairman noted that this application has been withdrawn. Ms. Pardee stated that the applicant is working to resolve design issues and hopes to submit a new application in the spring.

3. Application #21 – 02Z: 28 Blackrock Turnpike (Assessor’s Map and Lot #39 – 21) – Jennifer Davies (owner); Joe LaValle (Agent). In accordance with Redding Zoning Regulations Section 5.12, request for a Special Use Permit to add an accessory apartment to an existing dwelling. To receive; set Public Hearing date.

The Commission asked the Applicant’s Agent to briefly review the application. Mr. LaValle explained that an existing screen porch and a portion of a deck that currently exist on the subject dwelling will be converted to interior space; a new stairway will be added to access new and existing second floor space. This entire area will constitute the accessory apartment. Ms. Atamian asked about the square footage of the proposed apartment; Mr. LaValle state that he thought it was about 800 square feet but he would confirm the size of the existing second floor bedroom that will be incorporated into the apartment. Mr. Miyashiro asked about parking; Mr. LaValle said that the garage and existing driveway provided ample parking space.

On the motion of Mr. Ogonek and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the Commission voted unanimously to accept the application and set a Public Hearing date of March 10, 2021.

4. Application #21 – 03Z: 8 Main Street (Assessor’s Map and Lot # 46 – 60) – 8 Main Street Georgetown LLC, Sam Nickerson President. Request for Site Plan Approval to convert 500 square feet of restaurant space to retail space. To receive, discuss; possible decision.

The Chairman reviewed the application. He explained that this building is the former “Georgetown Saloon” and that the owner is partitioning what was the first floor restaurant. This application is to convert a portion of that space into retail use. He noted that this building is in a BC Zone where retail use is allowed, and also said that the retail use requires less parking than a restaurant use.

On the motion of Mr. Ogonek and the second of Mr. Whitehead, the Commission voted unanimously to grant Site Plan Approval to convert the area shown as “Retail C” on the submitted site plan from restaurant use to retail use.

5. Discussion

Mr. Miyashiro said that he had received a flyer expressing concern over HB 6430. Ms. Pardee stated that she would look in to it.

6. Future Agenda Item
• March 10, 2021: Public Hearing re. Application 21-01Z: Commission Initiated amendments to Section 5.12 of the Redding Zoning Regulations.
• Also Application 21-02Z: Proposed accessory apartment at 28 Blackrock Turnpike.

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

7. Communication

There was no discussion under this agenda item.

8. Adjournment

On the motion of Ms. Carlino-Coffey, and the second of Ms. Atamian, the Commission voted unanimously to adjourn at 7:42 p.m.

Submitted by,
Aimee Pardee

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