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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.

Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Nov 092016
 

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Selectmen met at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the business they discussed:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Veteran’s walk in front of High Plains.

Friday, Nov. 18, Town Auction, Vehicles, equipment, 2 Kilns also will be available at the auction buy “as is”

Sat. Nov 19, Cub Scout Pack 922 food drive and Wreath Sale in front of High Plains Community Center

Sunday, Nov. 20, Interfaith Service at Orange Congregational Church

Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving everything closed. 8 a.m. Rotary Turkey Trot

Friday, Nov. 25 town offices closed transfer station open.

Sunday, Nov. 27, Lions Thanksgiving Dinner  at noon, call for reservations

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-6 p.m. Holiday Festival

Tuesday Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. Amity Referendum with ONE Orange polling place at High Plains Community Center, $2 million bond for repair, maintenance projects.

Remember to put up a protective barrier near your mailbox to keep it from being damaged by snow plow activity

Racebrook Road Northbound side is being completed, now, during winter, Left hand side work will begin.

Indian River, culvert near Chip’s will begin and a third (turn lane) will go in at Lambert and Route 1.

The new Dunkin Donuts near Citizen’s Bank will finally open this weekend and the one in the plaza near ELI’s will be closing.

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman to sign the Master Municipal Agreement for RIGHT OF WAY 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $13,616.04 

Unanimously approved

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt   There is a vacancy, if you are interested in serving, contact Town Hall

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist  Waiting for requests from department heads

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt  working on plans for bridge over Derby Milford Road, looking into a bond amount.  Also projects at town pool, school etc. 

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter RevisionSelectman Carangelo

Adjourn

FYI

Approved Minutes of September 14, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule

American Education Week Letter from OBOE

2016 Holiday Festival Flyer

Letter from Historical Society Regarding Bryan-Andrew House

Summary of 2012 Bond Issue for Road Improvements

Appointments/Reappointments

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Aug 162016
 

TP&ZThe Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 2, 2016 and August 9, 2016 meetings. (not yet available)

2. Old Business.

Buttonball property has shown no real progress. A fence is scheduled to be installed. All debris on property was cleaned up and put into a truck – the truck remains on the property.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Dunkin Donuts building is framed and moving forward.

Recreation Showroom building that will be an “eye care business” is going along very well. retaining pond came out great.

The Tractor Supply business is nearly finished. Landscaping was done. The sign on Indian River actually could have been raised another 15 feet making it more visible.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

TP&Z5. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC For the construction of a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development. The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES has also been submitted in conjunction with this project

Several representatives were available to speak about the application.

Very little changes have been made to the master site plan.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.42.20 PMSalemme Lane will be expanded to 28-feet wide. Water main will be brought in.

(See Orange Live’s Coverage from their presentation at the Police Commission meeting)

Plans include a Yale-Orange Campus pedestrian connection.

This project includes the total reconstruction of Salemme Lane at their cost.

Storm drainage … The retention pond will accommodate run off and storm water.

The presentation was interrupted when the public hearing session began at 8 p.m. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 9.32.48 PM* 6. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by property owner West Haven-OAK St. L.L.C. For property known as 858 Oakwood Road. The application is submitted as per Section 383-26 I. (3) (a) and (b). The proposal is for the construction of a 40’ x 30’ barn to be used for storage and equipment to support an organic farm operation. A larger ground coverage and additional height is requested.

(This is George “Doc” Whitney’s former homestead)

Bill Berletti said his daughter Stephanie has experience working at Organic Farms and plans to open one in Orange.

Chairman Clark said the plans should be prepared by an architect and that was not presented.

Doc Whitney had a Garage that was destroyed by a tree that came down so all that remains is a cement slab. A new building would replace it.

Stephanie would start out using 1.5 acres of open land for her farm.

Ground testing has been done and the soil passed the test for an organic operation.

The future involves selling to local restaurants and perhaps farm stands.

The application with one exception (the missing paperwork) was unanimously approved.

— Back to the Train Station Property —

tp&Z*7. APPLICATION FOR RE-SUBDIVISION – Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC for property on Marsh Hill Road (Assessor’s Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1) and Salemme Lane that comprises a total of approximately 8.091 acres. The property is located to the east of Marsh Hill Road and to the east of Salemme Lane. The application seeks to divide the property into five lots in connection with the construction of a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) involvement and requirements seem to be complicating the matters at hand as the Commissioners are questioning the reasons for dividing the land and why the buildings are being constructed as they are.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.45.30 PMUp to five individuals could own different lots within the development.

Chairman Walter Clark suggested Town Attorney Vin Marino look over the documents prior to the Commission making any decisions on the matter.

Attorney Steven Studer representing Dichello Distributors said he believes the subdivision plans meet the town zoning regulations, and the TODD portion also complies with the town’s requirements.

The 2 hour discussion became rather involved. — for the complete interaction, go to the Video on Demand link under our OGAT button — and look for the Aug. 16 TP&Z Commission meeting video.

 

Meeting Agenda: Town Plan & Zoning Aug. 2 Includes Winery on Route 34

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Aug 012016
 

Chairman Walter "Beau" Clark at a recent Plan & Zoning meeting.

Chairman Walter “Beau” Clark at a recent Plan & Zoning meeting.

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the REVISED Agenda:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Medical Clinic at Orange Promenade Shopping Center. 100 Boston Post Road (Former Staples Store). Change of use from retail to medical clinic. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT has also been submitted.

2. Request by New Haven Hebrew Day School (261 Derby Avenue) for Extension of Special Permit for Existing Mobile Classroom Units. Also, request to locate an additional mobile classroom onsite.

3. Review of the Minutes from the May 17, 2016, June 7, 2016; & July 5, 2016 meetings.

4. Old Business.

5. New Business.

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

7. Request by Home Depot, 440 Boston Post Road to extend the Special Permit for Outdoor Storage and Display.

8. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – for property known as 550-560 Boston Post Road. Proposed façade improvements to retail center occupied by LL Bean and Trader Joe’s.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

* 9. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – -Submitted by Stellato Realty L.L.C. – To amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to provide Special Standards for a “Farm Winery”. (Continued from the June 7, 2016 meeting.)

*10. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Stellato Realty L.L.C. For property known as 403 Derby Avenue. The proposal is for a Farm Winery including the growing of grapes and other fruit products and the manufacturing, storing, and selling of wine products. (Continued from the June 7, 2016 meeting.)

 

No TP&ZC Meeting Tonight

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Jul 192016
 

Chairman Walter "Beau" Clark at a recent Plan & Zoning meeting.

Chairman Walter “Beau” Clark at a recent Plan & Zoning meeting.

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission Special Meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday July 19, has been CANCELLED.

May 3 Plan & Zoning Meeting Includes TODD Train Station Discussion

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May 012016
 

zoningThe Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the April 19, 2016 meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

-Draft language for Pylon signs to have the numerical property address

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

5. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION for the conversion of a single family dwelling to accommodate an elderly apartment for property known as 1026 Field Drive, Orange. Submitted by property owner Susan D. Abate. To create an elderly apartment.

6. PETITION TO AMEND the Orange Zoning Map. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC. To change the zoning designation of the subject property from LI-2/TODD Overlay to TODD. The submission includes a “concept plan” as required by the Orange Zoning Regulations.

The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. It is bordered by Dichello Distributors to the south; CTDOT Railroad right-of- way to the east; Yale University West Campus to the north; and Salemme Lane/Town of Orange, N/F Salemme-Riccio, and N/F Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC to the west.

The parcel is currently undeveloped. The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1.

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Meeting April 19

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Apr 192016
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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Robin Pearson addresses the Commission

• As required by Section 8-24 of the CT General Statutes – Request for the  conveyance of land and Construction Easement on Salemme Lane.  For the widening of Salemme Lane.  Submitted by Robin Pearson, Esq. for 65 Marsh Hill Road, LLC.

Pearson’s client wants to donate 1,368 sq ft of land to the town so Salemme Lane can be widened making way for the proposed Orange Train Station.

Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the Board of Selectmen regarding this land donation. 

• As required by Section 8-24 of the CT General Statutes – Request to abandon the Town’s rights to “Christmas Tree Lane.” Submitted by Kenneth A. Votre, Esq.

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 8.06.59 PMVotre represents two residents on Cricket Lane who actually own title to the 50-foot strip of land which has been an issue since 1961.

Zoning enforcement officer Paul Dinice recommended that the Commission NOT approve this request as a matter of public safety.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli addressed the commission and gave a brief history of the situation and clarified that neither the TPZC nor the Board of Selectmen would make the decision to abandon or retain the property, but the residents would have the final say at the Town Meeting in May.

The Commissioners voted to send an unfavorable recommendation to the BOS [as a formality. ]

      PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)

 7.  SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION for the conversion of a single family dwelling to accommodate an elderly apartment. For property known as 1026 Field Drive, Orange, CT.  Submitted by property owner Susan D. Abate.  To create an elderly apartment.

The applicant did not show up for the meeting, so it was continued to the next meeting. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 8.35.01 PM8.  PETITION TO AMEND the Orange Zoning Regulations.  Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To amend Article XXIV Transit Oriented Development District Regulations. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 8.40.29 PMMany changes have been made to the original plans.

9.  PETITION TO AMEND the Orange Zoning Map.  Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To change the zoning designation of the subject property from LI-2/TODD Overlay to TODD.  The submission includes a “concept plan” as required by the Orange Zoning Regulations.  The  subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane.  It is bordered by Dichello Distributors to the south; CTDOT Railroad right-of-way to the east; Yale University West Campus to the north; and Salemme Lane/Town of Orange, N/F Salemme-Riccio, and N/F Sixty FiveMarsh Hill Road, LLC to the west.  The parcel is currently undeveloped.  The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1-1. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 9.42.50 PMZeoli spoke again stating that the town is committed to the train station and that the project is well planned out. Even though some residents my be frustrated by the slow process at least it will be a good project. Many large businesses support the train station, but we must get the message to the state and let them know that it is important.

[I suggest you watch Video on Demand on OGAT for the complete discussion, including Dichello’s Ed Crowley’s presentation]