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Notes In A Nutshell: Plan and Zoning Commission Meeting

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Dec 052017
 

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission Meeting took place at Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Following are notes from that meeting:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION. Submitted by property owner Bull Hill Lane Associates. For property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane. (the former Builder’s Square) To create an “Urban Air” Commercial Amusement Center with activities including trampolines, bowling, electric go karts, Laser tag, and rope lines.

The business would employ about 75 people and activities would be supervised, as the participants are expected to be children ages 5-15.

The Commission expressed concerns with the condition of the parking lot, landscaping issues, signage, and lighting.

The applicant agreed to patch and stripe the parking lot and to submit a landscaping plan by the Jan. 2 TPZ meeting.

The application goes before the Police Commission on Monday, Dec. 11.

The discussion will continue at Jan. 2 meeting.
2. Review of the Minutes from the October 23, 2017, Special Meeting and the November 8, 2017, Meeting.

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m.

6. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS. Submitted for Senior Living Advisors, LLC for property owner Indian River Road LLC. To amend and edit Section 383-14 regarding the definition of Elderly
Assisted Living Residential Facility. To amend Section 383-14 to add a definition for Dwelling Unit, Senior Independent Living. To Amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to create a Senior Mixed Use District.

The well thought out proposal is in keeping with the plan of conservation and development and is an appropriate area for such a development but opens the door for residential developers to also come in and request zone changes in “light industrial 2” areas.

Resident George Findley (the same G.F. who vehemently opposed Stew Leonard’s) to speak against the proposal.

7. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP. Submitted for Senior Living Advisors, LLC for property owner Indian River Road LLC. To amend the Orange Zoning Map to change property known as 231 Indian River Road – Lot 2 from Light Industrial LI-2 to Senior Mixed Use District.

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development
regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (The Public hearing on this matter was closed at the November 21, 2017, Meeting.)

9. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange
Zoning Regulations. (The Public hearing on this matter was closed at the November 21, 2017, Meeting.)

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Nov 092017
 

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission met in Room 2 at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Following are notes from that meeting.

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by David Bushley, LLC., for property known as 91 Boston Post Road (the AT&T Store).

For proposed architectural façade changes at 91 Boston Post Road.

Approved

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Majestic Empire Holdings, LLC; for property known as 348 Boston Post Road. For the re-construction of TGI Fridays Restaurant. Application required to determine compliance due to site changes that were made without required approvals.

Unanimously approved site plan application dependent on the condition of including a breakaway fence for emergency vehicles and landscaping changes to be submitted to zoning enforcement officer.

3. Possible Executive Session to discuss pending litigation concerning 320 Michael Court.

Postponed

4. Review of the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting.

Approved

5. Old Business.

None

6. New Business.

Chairman Ozzie Parente suggested changing the start time for Commission meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. effective Jan. 1, 2018. (paperwork will be submitted to Town Clerk)

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Blight and/or Town Ordinance Violations at 829 Racebrook Road, 711 Laurie Lane, 342 Country Lane.

Public Works will begin removing Non-compliant signs on the Boston Post Road.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

8. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Revised regulations may cause challenges and concerns, and as far as the TODD District, nothing will be done without a train station.

200 units approved can go up to 240.

Commissioner Judy Smith said personally, she does not believe Orange Needs a train station after the West Haven one was built. She’d rather see light industrial in that area.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said Orange has limited LI2 space available and it would be thrown away by following through with the train station/residential plan.

2,000 sq ft per unit most commissioners thought it was not necessary. 1,000 sq ft per unit would be acceptable.

9. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

10. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS — Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Commuter parking garage could be used by the state of CT.

11. Discussion and possible vote to correct scrivener’s error with regard to the TODD District and “TODD eligible area” on the Orange Zoning Map.

Steven Studer representing Dichello, the company that would benefit from a train station development in Orange.

Proposed construction could be phased in. Studer said not too confident in his proposal before the commission after listening to their earlier discussion during this meeting.

What you’re doing is closing a regulation which won’t do anything. In order for the TODD to benefit the community, it has to benefit surrounding businesses too.

Geoff Gordon representing Dichello – if you don’t look out for the developers, they aren’t going to come.

Everyone dreams of a big research facility, but it’s not going to happen, Gordon said.

A coffee shop near the train platform would attract customers.

The TODD needs to be expanded because what you’ve proposed is half a TODD.

Millennials want to jump on a train and go to New York or Boston.

Studer said Mr. Hall is very disappointed by the way things are going tonight.

The Commission decided to keep Item #10 Open. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics said if you keep one open then keep all of them open.

Aschettino said they’ve been beating a dead horse and discussing it for months, so why keep anything open.

The newest commissioner, Kevin Cornell, was very vocal and appeared to be in charge.

Notes In A Nutshell: September Police Commission

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Sep 292017
 

A new subdivision was on the agenda during the Traffic Authority portion of the Orange Police Commission meeting this month.

Traffic Authority

Brian Baker presented plans for 205 Indian River Road, the old Cuzz Acres Golf Course, for a 4 lot subdivision. The area that used to be a driving range has a lot of frontage space. It’s flat on Edison Raod and slopes down on Indian River across from the Christmas Tree Shops building.

Baker explained that Lot 1 would be used for an office building where 240 parking spaces are required by town regulations, but it will have 302 spaces, therefore satisfying the requirements that will come up at a future TP&Z Commission meeting.

He showed schematics of what could go in on Lots 2 and 3 and told the commission that they were going to submit the plans to the TP&Z for a spot on an upcoming agenda.

The Police Commission discussed the plans and approved them after agreeing that there were no sight line issues, no new roads would be required and they would have no impact on the town infrastructure.

Police Commission

During this portion of the monthly meeting, the commissioners heard Chief Robert Gagne’s report on department expenditures, which included maintenance issues and monies spent for new recruits.

Budget

Gagne said there are no concerns with the department’s budget, adding that the environmental service unit in men’s locker room needed fixing to take care of a humidity issue.

Carbon Monoxide in Police SUVs

He also discussed the fact that the Ford Patrol SUVs across the country that were having Carbon Monoxide issues, sickening officers and causing accidents was due to holes that were drilled in the vehicles where they didn’t belong.

He was happy to announce that the Orange PD’s vendor did not do this, so it was not a problem here, adding that C/O detectors were installed in the department’s vehicles as a precautionary measure to keep our officers safe.

Pistols

The Chief reported that the Sig Sauer guns that every officer carries were discovered to have a design flaw.

According to a memo, if the gun was dropped on the ground in a specific way, it was in danger of going off.

The gun manufacturer found that the trigger was too heavy and could fire if it fell on the ground.

Gagne said, “Of course we tell our officers not to drop their guns, and it has not been a problem in our department.” Still, all of the pistols will be replaced this fall with the same model gun that has been modified to take care of the issue.

Charcoal Uniforms

Gagne shared some good, money-saving news as well.

The Orange Police Department has a unique color choice for its uniforms and no other department uses charcoal colored uniform pants.

For many years, Orange purchased its uniforms from Horwitz Uniforms in West Haven.

Recently, the owner notified Gagne that he had many pairs of charcoal pants in stock that were not selling. He offered the Orange PD his remaining inventory of these pants free of charge, asking only that the officers come to him to have them striped.

Plan and Zoning Agenda Includes Hotel Plans, Horse Stall, Zone Change

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Sep 052017
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

With New Chairman Ozzy Parente at the helm. Paul Kaplan Is the new Commission Secretary. (as of Sept. 1)

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 1, 2017, meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(3)

4. *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL PERMIT – Submitted by Jonathan Suraci for
property known as 121 Tyler City Road. To construct a 10’ x 30’ horse stall. A
larger ground coverage is requested as per Section 383-26I (3)(a) of the Orange
Zoning Regulations. A waiver of Section 383-117B(1)is also requested in
conjunction with this application.

5. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS –
-Submitted by the Estate of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. To Amend the Orange
Zoning Regulations relative to Hotel Development in the Light Industrial LI-2
District. Also to provide the language which defines “Lot Frontage” and amends
required “conference facility space for hotels”.

6. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP — Submitted by the Estate
of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. To Amend the Orange Zoning Map to change
property known as 99 Marsh Hill Road from Light Industrial LI-2 to Transit
Oriented Development District TODD.

Tuesday’s Plan & Zoning Meeting Includes Choosing A New Chairman, Affordable Housing Discussion

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Aug 132017
 

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda: 

1. Election of Town Plan & Zoning Commission Chairman.

2. Review of the Minutes from July 5, 2017, and July 18, 2017, meetings.

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

6. RESUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES –Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 and 15 Salemme Lane. The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components. Sixty apartments are proposed. There will be 18 Affordable Units.

A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (The Public Hearing on this matter was closed at the August 1, 2017, meeting.)

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(3)

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation & Development
regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange.

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road.

9. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS –
-Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.

To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

Town Plan and Zoning Meeting Includes Plans For A Hotel And A Processing Facility

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Jul 042017
 

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the May 2 and May 16 meetings.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(2)

5. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – For the Sale and/or Processing of Agricultural Product ; For property known as 831 Derby-Milford Road. Submitted by Stephen Bespuda Jr. and Rachel Bespuda. For the raising of hay, corn, produce, cattle, poultry and pigs (To be called Cedar Hill Farm). Also proposed is the construction of a 14’ x 22’ structure with 4 parking spaces.

6. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION – Submitted by the Hartford Lodging Partners, LLC for Estate of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. For property known as 99 Marsh Hill Road; a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 8/3/4A. For the construction of a 4 story extended stay hotel with appurtenant parking, storage, and utilities. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION, SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT; and APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES, also have been filed.

7. APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL and FILLING – Submitted by the Hartford Lodging Partners, LLC for Estate of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. For property known as 99 Marsh Hill Road; a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 8/3/4A. For required earth materials removal and filling in conjunction with the construction of a 4 story extended stay hotel with appurtenant parking, storage, and utilities.

A Light Agenda For Tonight’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 152017
 

 

  • The Orange Board of Selectmen will have a special meeting at Town Hall tonight, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Introductions
    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearings and Regular
    Meeting of May 10, 2017 (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 2, 2017
    firework show (enclosure) – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises
    2. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the
    Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman James Zeoli
    3. To consider and act on the tax assessment agreement between MLG Real
    Estate, LLC and the Town of Orange (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
  • 4. To consider and act on the appointment of Shannan Carlson to the Amity
    Board of Education – First Selectman James Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for wood and
    brush disposal (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for refuse
    collection services (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    7.To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    8.To consider and act on the formation of a Charter Revision Committee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes
    from 2013 in the amount of $41,734.22 (enclosure)
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount
    of $6595.90 (enclosure)
    11. Update on the Redesign of the Town Website
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    FYI
    Approved Minutes, Public Hearing & Special Meeting – April 5, 2017
    Appointments and Reappointments
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    2017 Orange Volunteer Fire Association Carnival Raffle Prize Brochure
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Town Plan And Zoning Commission Meeting Includes Three Public Hearing Items

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May 122017
 

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the April 4, 2017 meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(3)

5. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange.

6. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road.

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

Agenda: April 18 TP&Z Commission Meeting

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Apr 132017
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall, Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the February 21, 2017 meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

5. T.P.Z.C. Representation on the South Central Regional Council of Governments.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)

6. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. To extend the Moratorium on TODD Development to June 30, 2017; to enable the TPZC to examine, study, and review the existing TODD Regulations.

7. APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 & 15 Salemme Lane. The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components. Sixty apartments are proposed. There will be 18 Affordable Units. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (Continued from the February 21, 2017 meeting.)

Notes In A Nutshell: April 4 Plan & Zoning Commission

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Apr 042017
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

  1. APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 & 15 Salemme Lane.  The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components.  Sixty apartments are proposed.  There will be 18 Affordable Units.  A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (Continued from the February 21, 2017 meeting.)

(Definition of an 8-30G development)

This is a controversial proposal because there is disagreement whether or not it is ok to submit/pursue affordable housing in this zone.  It would be part of the TODD (train station) overlay but it IS a separate project.

A traffic engineer was first to take the podium. He read a list of traffic concerns that had previously been discussed and, in short noted that many factors depended upon what would happen when the Orange Train Station was up and running, which would change the timing of traffic light cycles etc. The Orange Police Traffic Commission would have to approve or deny right turn on red changes at existing business driveways on Marsh Hill Road.

Commission Chairman Beau Clark said he did not feel that there was enough information to consider the traffic study “complete.”

Jeff Gordon planner and engineer for the project then spoke on his area of expertise. He argued that the Commission’s take on Light Industrial and residential zones make it impossible for anyone to build in Orange. “We think this project stands on its own merits,” Gordon said.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said the building rendition says “Welcome to Manhattan,” to him. “That’s not Orange.”

Judy Smith said the building should either be residential with no retail, or Gordon should go through the TODD process if he want s to include retail in his plan.

The discussion on this project will be continued to the next TP&ZC meeting. The Commission considers the area a Light Industrial 2 Zone which would prohibit this type of development.

Clark said, “This commission works hard on its regulations and protecting the Light Industrial area. We learn from our experiences.”

He added that Orange is not against affordable housing.