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Special Meeting Scheduled For June 27

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Jun 262018
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen will have a Special Meeting in the Lower Meeting Room at Town Hall on Wednesday, June 27 at 4 p.m.

The agenda includes one item: To consider and act on a bid recommendation for the Turkey Hill School ADA Project.

 

Notes In A Nutshell: Plan And Zoning June 19

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Jun 192018
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission had a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, June 19. Following are brief notes of what was discussed.

Zoning enforcement: The Hotel on Marsh Hill Road is coming along well, there are a few things that still need to be discussed.

A home on Buttonball that had an issue with trailers is being dealt with.

Urban Air did some outdoor plantings and there is a matter of additional business coming in.

The architect spoke on the request for a larger occupancy in the amusement business originally 400, now requesting 700, which would mean an increase in parking.

The application was approved pending a letter from Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

• The Former Bear And Grill Building had a proposal for a virtual reality business “Spot VR Lounge”, to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The parking meets the regulations, no changes to the footprint of the building,

Unanimously approved. 

Public Hearings:

The Gherlones on 535 Highfield Road, requested an elderly apartment permit, received all the necessary signatures and meets all the town requirements.

Unanimously approved.

Special request by Chinmaya Mission on Derby Avenue for a 25% reduction in required parking spaces from 80 to 60 spaces. (use an existing basketball court that is not in use, for parking if needed)

This matter has been continued to the next meeting. 

Senior Housing on Turkey Hill Road. The room was filled with concerned citizens who opposed the application.

One concern is that the septic system could fail. The plan includes each building having its own septic system.

Department heads submitted their comments for the record. Sanitarian said soil testing has been done on the site since 2008, and there are areas of “special concern.”

Public Works Director said he also had concerns depending upon how many units there are and if there will be DEEP

Police Chief said the development would put a strain on police and emergency services, both of which already are overtaxed.

The attorney for the applicant said the following revisions have been made:

She clarified that there is no restaurant in the proposal.

The UNH Campus is NOT a part of the site plan.

Waste systems would be privately owned and not the town’s responsibility.

Reduced maximum building coverage from 30% to 15%

Several residents sent in letters expressing their opposition to the application, citing everything from traffic congestion to safety concerns and the idea that a zone change would open a can of worms that would negatively impact this and other areas in town.

The Attorney presented several letters of support (mostly copies of the same form letter) from residents, most of whom do not live in the immediate area of the proposed development.

Turkey Hill resident Mike DeVito, whose property abuts the proposed site. Initially, he didn’t oppose the plan, but as time went on and the site plan changed the idea became much less desirable. The traffic alone would be unacceptable.

His neighbor and her husband oppose the proposed amendment change.

A resident from Wheelers Farm Road, whose children attend Turkey Hill Road, said he is not opposed to smart growth, but why not put this development in an already approved zone instead of changing a zone to try and fit it in.

Dr. Mohammed from the Health Department said this is not an appropriate location for such a development.

One brave woman stood before the opposition crowd and said some people would actually like to live in a development like this.

The attorneys and other speakers later in the meeting were very chatty. Since I had other work to do, I stopped watching and suggest you click on the video on demand link under the OGAT button to the upper left side of this site and watch the remainder of the meeting.

Here’s Your Opportunity To Get The Answers You’ve Been Seeking

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May 202018
 

 

ORANGE LAND TRUST ANNUAL MEETING: Nuisance Wildlife! Problems and Solutions
The Orange Land Trust welcomes everyone to its Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, at 7 pm.
Following a short business meeting, the program for the evening features a visit from Chris Vann, a nuisance wildlife biologist who just may have the answers to “critter issues” you may be struggling with around your home and property.

A fox, with a small animal in its mouth photographed on Derby Milford Road. (submitted photo)

Chris is a nuisance wildlife biologist with the CT DEEP Technical Assistance Program, Wildlife Division. This presentation on common wildlife, problems, and solutions, will provide an interesting and informative look at what you need to know and what measures you can take yourself. You will learn about squirrels, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, deer, and other wildlife that can become a problem when they take up residence in, or just visit, populated areas.

There are many other wildlife species that may cause conflicts, but for homeowners, these species are among those most frequently complained about.
He also discusses raccoon and bat rabies and rabies response guidelines. As the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) Program Biologist he will provide info on this thirty-year-old program and its operation.
All animals require our respect. We will learn the basic precautions that could be taken to avoid or minimize what could possibly become a dangerous or tragic situation.
The Land Trust is anticipating an informative and educational evening for everyone. Plan to join them.
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Remember, the Orange Land Trust is always looking for new members and volunteers. For more information visit orangectlandtrust.org or call 203-799-7622.

March 14 First Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 132018
 

  • The REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN will take place on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018 AT 7:30 P.M. AT TOWN HALL
    Following is the AGENDA:
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Introductions
    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the February 14, 2018
    Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the resolution allowing the Town Clerk to apply for the
    2019 Historic Preservation Grant (enclosure) – Patrick O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    2. To consider and act on the resolution with respect to the authorization,
    issuance and sale of not exceeding $4,000,000 Town of Orange general
    obligation refunding bonds (enclosure) – John Cifarelli, Finance Director
    3. To consider and act on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Recycling Interlocal
    Agreement (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    4. To consider and act on the Application for Recognition of Supplemental First
    Responders Status (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the License Agreement Between the Town of Orange
    and Ed Oberg d/b/a Ashford Restoration of Connecticut and Daniel Shields
    d/b/a Olbords of Massachusetts (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month
    of March in the amount of $54,176.15 (enclosure)
    COMMITTEES
    1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    Adjournment
    FYI
    Approved Minutes of the January 10, 2018 Public Hearing Regarding a
    Massage Establishment Permit, Public Hearing on the Proposed Financing by
    the Orange Volunteer Fire Association and the Regular Meeting of the Board
    of Selectmen
    Revenue and Expenditure Reports

New Fitness Club On Feb. 6 Plan And Zoning Agenda

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Feb 032018
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan And Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Request to locate Cheshire Fitness Zone at 564 Racebrook Road. Former William Orange Realty and Caldwell Banker Real Estate.

2. Review of the Minutes from the January 16, 2018, Meeting.

3. Request by the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy Hebrew Day to extend the time limit to use and occupy temporary classrooms.

4. Old Business.

5. New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 7:30 p.m. *(3)

6. *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Jerome Spector Revocable Trust and Janet Cesanek. For property known as 772 Derby Milford Road. For two accessory structures which are already located on the property. One building is 20’ by 16’ and a second building is 11.9’ x 24’.

The application is submitted in accordance with Section 383-26 I (3)(a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations. A larger ground coverage and height in excess of 15’ is requested. (Continued from January 16, 2018, meeting.)

7. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS -Submitted by Richard Meisenheimer. To Amend the Orange Zoning Regulations relative to Article XII – PRD Planned Residential Development Regulations.

8. *RESUBDIVISION APPLICATION -Submitted by Philomena & Estate of John LaViola, Sr.For property known as 400 Narrow Lane, Orange, CT. To Re-Subdivide 8.5 Acres (7.71 in Orange, CT; 0.79 in Milford, CT). Zoning District – Residential RES in Orange, CT; R-12.5 in Milford, CT.

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.