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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.

 

Affordable Housing Proposal On Tuesday’s TPZC Meeting Agenda

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Apr 032017
 

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

They have a short agenda this week, but it includes a controversial affordable housing proposal.

Following is the agenda:

  1. Review of the Minutes from the February 21, 2017 meeting.
  2. Required review as per Section 8-24, Municipal Improvements of the CT General Statutes.  Request to abandon a portion of Indian River Road adjacent to 273 Indian River Road.   
  1.  Old Business.
  1.   New Business.
  1.  Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

          -Review of Zoning Activities Log.

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)

  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.)

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.

Town Plan And Zoning Meeting: Outdoor Storage and Affordable Housing On The Agenda

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Mar 212017
 

Walter Clark, Chairman of the Town Plan & Zoning Commission

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets tonight at Town Hall 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 *(2)

6. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and Display – Submitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road. For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

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 and 15 Salemme Lane (Proposed Orange Train Station).

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.)

Zoning Board Of Appeals Meets Tonight (March 6)

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Mar 062017
 

The Orange Zoning Board of Appeals meets tonight, Monday, March 6 in the lower level of the Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  • Review of the minutes from the February 6, 2017 meeting.
  • Meeting with Town Counsel Vincent Marino to discuss pending litigation, John and Philomena Laviola v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Orange.
  • PUBLIC HEARINGS (*1):

*PETITION #1790, REQUEST FOR A GENERAL REPAIRERS LICENSE, Submitted by James Oppedisano, d.b.a. Quiet Zone, for property owner Alliance Energy Corporation. For property known as 404 Boston Post Road.

A New Building and 2017 Bond Proposal On Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 032017
 

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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 8, 2017 Public Hearing Regarding Recommended Amendments to the Town Charter and the Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen  (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the approval of the 5th Annual Doc’s Race (enclosure)Jane Opper, Race Coordinator

To consider and act on the Veterans Tax Exemption Request (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of Agreement (enclosure)

To consider and act on adopting the revised FEMA map regarding the Town’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (enclosure)

To consider and act on the proposal for a new storage building for the Orange Fairgrounds (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on the request to approve a 3-year commitment resolution confirming the Town’s participation in the HazWaste Central Program (enclosure)

Continued discussion regarding recommended revisions to the Town of Orange Charter (enclosures)

To consider and act on the 2017 Bond Proposal (enclosure to be sent to you on Monday, 6, 2017)

To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month of March in the amount of $9,677.16 (enclosure)

COMMITTEES

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Agreement between the Town of Orange and Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO (enclosure)Michael Dorney, Labor Counsel

Motion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and Act on the Agreement between the Town of Orange and Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of the January 11, 2017 Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Friends of the Case Memorial Library Spring Book Sale Flyer

Meet the your State Representatives Flyer

Town of Orange Employee Directory

Community Awareness Flyer

Notes In A Nutshell: Jan. 17 Town Plan & Zoning Meeting

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Jan 182017
 

There was one public hearing item on the Jan. 17 Town Plan & Zoning meeting agenda:

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE.  For property known as 273 Indian River Road, Orange, CT.  Submitted by Indian River Development, LLC – Michael Lipset, Member. The Tenant, Brian Johanson, d.b.a. Dark Side Performance, LLC, will be using a portion of the existing building for the fabrication and installation of performance automobile parts.  He is seeking to provide retail sales of the manufactured parts.

The Commission approved the application contingent on the Fire Marshal’s final inspection and approval.

 

Plan & Zoning: Special Exception Sought For Retail Business

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Jan 162017
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. 

There is one item on the agenda:

1.  Old Business.

2.  New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)

  • APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE.  For property known as 273 Indian River Road, Orange, CT.  Submitted by Indian River Development, LLC – Michael Lipset, Member.  The Tenant, Brian Johanson, d.b.a. Dark Side Performance, LLC, will be using a portion of the existing building for the fabrication and installation of performance automobile parts.  He is seeking to provide retail sales of the manufactured parts.

Agenda for Dec. 14 Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Dec 102016
 

Selectmen's Meeting.

Selectmen’s Meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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 November 9, 2016 Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request from Cub Scout Pack 922 to waive the customary rental fee for HPCC for Pinewood Derby Event (enclosure) – Jeff Cap, Cub Scout Pack 922

To consider and act on Civic Plus proposal  (enclosure) – Patrick O’Sullivan

Discussion on updating Chapter 36, Community Services, Orange Code (enclosure) – Jim White, Chairman, Community Service Commission

To consider and act on bid recommendation for street level digital imagery contract for the October 1, 2017 revaluation of the Town (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

To consider and act on adding Farmington Bank to the list of approved depository for the Town of Orange (enclosure)  – First Selectman Zeoli 

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $12,734.45 

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt

PersonnelFirst Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist, Selectman Davis

Charter Revision – Selectman Carangelo

Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Agreement Between the Town of Orange and Local 1303-316 of Council #4, AFSCME, AFL-CIO – School Nurses  (enclosures)

Discussion of Staffing in the Town Clerk’s Office (enclosure)

Discussion of Staffing in the Park & Recreation Office

Discussion of the compensation for Registrar of Voters  (enclosure)

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting

VOTE

To consider and act on the Agreement Between the Town of Orange and Local 1303-316 of Council #4, AFSCME, AFL-CIO – School Nurses

To consider and act on staffing proposal for the Town Clerk’s Office*

To consider and act on staffing proposal for the Park & Recreation Office*

To consider and act on proposed compensation for Registrar of Voters*

*Pending Personnel Committee Meeting scheduled for December 13, 2016

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of October 12, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Letter from Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 15 Plan & Zoning Meeting

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Nov 152016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-8-05-05-pmThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Town Hall.

1.  Old Business.

2.  New Business.

There is a problem with a resident on Old Grassy Hill Road who did not comply with the building plans that he’d been permitted.

3.  Review and discussion concerning Orange Transit Oriented Audit & Strategy Options (study), possible changes to the TODD Regulations, & possible changes to the Orange Zoning Map.  Discussion will also concern the Moratorium on TODD zone change applications.

(Carried to the next meeting)

PUBLIC HEARING

4.  *SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION FOR THE CONVERSION OF A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING TO ACCOMMODATE AN ELDERLY APARTMENT.

For property known as 422 Ridgeview Road, Orange, CT.  Submitted by property owner Donald & Nicole Feuerstein.  To create an elderly apartment.  (Continued from the October 18, 2016 meeting).

A family of 5 wants to provide their older parents with a place to live where they can be close. The apartment will have a separate entrance.

The Feuersteins did all of their homework and received all of the variances that they needed. They came well prepared and the project was unanimously approved.