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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]

Orange Board of Selectmen Meet Tonight

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Apr 132016
 

board of selectmen The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Following is the agenda:
Call to order
Fire Exits
Pledge of Allegiance
Introductions
  • Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing
    PUBLIC HEARING
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits for 
    Jack Kealey, Race Brook Country Club
    William Janikies, Grassy Hill Country Club
    Heather Allen, Paugusset Swim & Tennis Club
    Motion to close Public Hearings
    VOTE
    Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits
  • PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 9, 2016
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. Short presentation and vote on engineering firm for the Derby Milford Road
    Bridge Project
    2. To consider and act on the approval of the 4th Annual Doc’s Race – Jane Opper, Race Coordinator
    3. To consider and act on the request to approve the contracts for funding of services at Silverbrook Estates – Sue Mauro, Administrator Silverbrook Estates
    a. Congregate and Rental Assistance Subsidies
    b. Food Services contract with CW Resources
    c. Continuance of Security Contract with Securitas Security
    d. Renewal of Assisted Living Services Agreement between Utopia Assisted Living Services and Silverbrook Estates.
    4. To consider and act on the request to approve the Resolution allowing the Town Clerk to apply for the 2016 Historic Preservation Grant  – Patrick  O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    5. To consider and act on the request from Attorney Votre to abandon Christmas Tree Lane  – First Selectman Zeoli
    6.To consider and act on the request for a road right of way – Salemme Lane – First Selectman Zeoli
    7. To consider and act on the request for a staging area for the Derby Milford Road Reconstruction Project  – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer
  • 8. Review of Firehouse Leases (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes from 2012 in the amount of $57,099.64
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the Firefighter Abatements on the 2015 Grand List tax
    11. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for April in the amount of $8886.27
    12. To consider and act on the date for the Annual Budget Referendum
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session
    EXECUTIVE SESSION
    Discussion of potential land acquisition (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    Motion to close Executive Session and convene into Regular Meeting
    VOTE
    To consider and act on potential land acquisition
    Adjournment
  • Approved Minutes – February 10, 2016
    Appointments/Re-appointments/Resignations
    General Code Updates
    Letter from DEEP
    Strutt Your Mutt Flyer
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports

Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Feb 10

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Feb 102016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.22 PMThis month’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Following are notes of what they discussed:
Ordinance to Amend the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling
Copies available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Discussion:
Tom George of the Recycling Committee. Now in its 16th year the Recycling effort in Orange has grown dramatically. The town came up with an amended ordinance for which he is grateful.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the printer cartridge recycling program is highly successful.
Recycling chairman/selectman Mitch Goldblatt spoke about the grant money
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.52 PMTown of Orange gets $20 per ton from the recycled items in the blue bins.
Goldblatt said the number of residents who recycle is unknown, but in the month of December 100 tons was recycled in Orange — between the blue bins and at the transfer station.
VOTE : To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling.
Unanimously approved.
Announcements:
George Munk an active member of the Orange Country Fair passed away.
Feb. 15 all town offices will be closed, but the transfer station will be open.
March 13 daylight savings time begins.
Sat. July 2 – Independence day fireworks will take place.
Complaint about mail boxes damaged by snow plows. It’s still not too late to put up a “batter board” to protect your mailboxes, but unless they are run over, the town will NOT replace them.
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.37.00 PMDogs on Town Property must be leashed, and you must clean up after them.
Commercial vehicles parked in your residence is not allowed. You may be cited.
Shop Rite is remodeling the interior of the former Stop & Shop on
New Signal Lights including cross walk lights are being installed at the intersection of Orange Center and Old Tavern roads.
MINUTES
1. To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 13, 2016
Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
Two corrections were suggested (Davis and Goldblatt)
Unanimously Approved.
NEW BUSINESS
1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure)Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co-Chairperson
Strawberry Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds on June 11.
Zeoli recommends that everyone purchase a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie
The Banner will be erected soon after the Memorial Day Parade.
Unanimously Approved
2. To consider and act on the request to hold the Cinco K de Mayo Road Race, waive the rental fee for HPCC gym/cafeteria and hang a banner on Orange Center Road (enclosure) – Richard Zorena, Chamber of Commerce
Unanimously Approved
3. To consider and act on request for funding to reevaluate and amend the Orange TODD Regulations (enclosure) Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
Regulations were drawn up more than a decade ago when a train station was proposed for Orange. The TP&ZC needs $16,000 to pay Planametrics for its work on the plans.
Selectman Okenquist said the printing costs were not included in the request, so should they add money to the request to meet those costs? Zeoli said NO, they asked for $16,000, if they need more they can come back and ask for it.
Goldblatt asked about a timeline. Town Attorney Vin Marino said he would like to have it wrapped up by April.
Unanimous Approval to send the recommendation to fund it to the Board of Finance. 
4. Review of proposed Charter Revision Committee – First Selectman Zeoli
Zeoli suggested Laura Reid, Roy Cuzzocreo and Pio Imperati Jr. for the committee.
Judy Williams said all have history in town and experience.
Unanimously Approved, John Carangelo abstained. 
5. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for 19 employees.
Employees would receive a stipend instead of Insurance if person is covered by a spouses insurance.
Unanimously Approved
6. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $14,606.89
Unanimously Approved
  • COMMITTEES
    1. Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt
    Thurs,  Feb 25 meeting at town hall open to public.
    2. Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist
    $981,000 proposed expenditures.
    A new phone system is being put into elementary schools so all schools are tied together.
    Pubic Works needs a new dump truck to replace 25 year old model.
    Community Services received $25,000 grant for a new van. town would put in $11,000
    PD needs a new digital console and digital radio system. PD would impose a new incription system to prevent public from hearing their transmissions.
    3. Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt
    4. PersonnelSelectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis
  • Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session
    EXECUTIVE SESSION
    1. Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange and Supervisors Unit
    (enclosure)
    2. MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between the Town of Orange and
    the Dispatchers Unit (enclosure)
    Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    VOTE
    1. To consider and act on the Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange
    and Supervisors’Unit
    Unanimously approved
    2. To consider and act on the MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between
    the Town of Orange and the Dispatchers’ Unit
    Unanimously approved
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    Upgraded to 37.5 hours and a salary increase.
    Unanimously approved

Notes in A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Jan. 19

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Jan 202016
 

MeetingsThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Request by Kathleen Conroy Cass, potential purchaser of 361 Derby Avenue (formerly theEnchanted Gardens and Ponds) to discuss a letter issued by Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice, dated December 16, 2015.

After some discussion and opposition from Cass’s attorney regarding the wording of a prior decision.

The Shop would be allowed to sell seasonal flowers and have a gift shop.

The request was approved. 

6.  Request for modification of Site Plan/Building Architecture, Ravenswood/Oaktree Development LLC – 100 South Orange Center Road.

The footprint would remain the same, but the modification to this active adult development includes a reduction in the square footage, master bedrooms on the first floor.

The Commission approved the changes with a stipulation that the applicant must submit a rendition of the development for the record.

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To amend Article XXIV Transit Oriented Development District Regulations.   (The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.)  Discussion and possible vote on this petition.

8. 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. The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015. 

(The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.)  Discussion and possible vote on this petition.

The petitioners wanted to change all the town’s regulations line-by-line.

After discussion the applicant withdrew the plan.

The subject is not closed, though, the town is open to revisions and wants the state to know that it is still interested in welcoming a train station.

9.  8-24 Referral Municipal Improvements – Request to abandon road dedication and construction agreement for a “paper road” located on property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane.  Owned now or formerly by NCC Orange/CT Association LLC.

Someone is interested in the former Builders Square building. The “road” is between the mini mall on the Boston Post Road and the Builders Square building.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3 )     

*10.  PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS.  Submitted by Roeco, LLC, a New York limited liability company.  To amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to create “Town Center District” (TCD) regulations. 

“The purpose of the Town Center District (TCD) is to permit and encourage a Town Center atmosphere with vibrant, mixed-use development that allows people to live, work, and shop in close proximity. Through retail, office and multi-family use, the TCD is a lively, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use area with an environment of inviting public space, walkable streets, and meaningful architecture.”

*11. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP.  Submitted by Roeco, LLC, a New York limited liability company.  To amend the Orange Zoning Map to change property known as 35 Old Tavern Road & 308 Racebrook Road (a.k.a. Firelite Shopping Center) from Local Shopping Center District (LSC) to Town Center District (TCD).

Many residents spoke against this plan, including First Selectman Jim Zeoli and Selectman Mitch Goldblatt

After the public hearing was closed the commissioners discussed the traffic study.

Petition Denied

*12.  PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – REVISIONS TO THE ORANGE PARKING REGULATIONS.  Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. 

Proposed amendments include “change of use” exemption; location of parking spaces; joint parking spaces; number of spaces required; parking reduction; loading space reduction; trees & shrubs within parking areas; and access management.

It was getting late, so this matter was continued until the Feb. 2 TP&ZC meeting.

Notes In A Nutshell: Jan. 5, 2016 Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

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Jan 052016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 7.40.06 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Orange Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Jan. 5)

This is what happened:

1. As per Section 7.1 of the Bylaws and Procedures for the Town Plan & Zoning Commission of the Town of Orange, this meeting is an organizational meeting, at which time Officers will be elected.

Unanimously approved keeping the Commission membership as it stands and having Paul Dinice as the Council of Governments liaison.

2. Review of the Minutes from the October 20, 2015; November 4, 2015; November 24, 2015; & December 1, 2015 meetings.

(A few tweaks were made on language)

3. Old Business.

A 10 x 13′ shed (that does not require a permit) will be constructed on the Buttonball property that has been the subject of many a TP&Z meeting since mid 2015. Fines have accumulated here. He has until Jan. 30 to do this. 

The owner of another property that has at least three “dead” vehicles on his property and has been fined heavily is now cooperating with the town and said he will remedy the situation. The commission wants to cite him under the town’s anti-blight ordinance. 

Beau Clark said they should fine him for both the zoning and blight violations. 

4. New Business.

None

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

He is working on issues with chickens and roosters on Sheffield Road and Old Tavern Road.

Also he is going to issue warnings regarding signs.

 

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

6. SITE PLAN APPLICATION; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL SUPPLEMENT; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT; SIGN APPLICATION. Submitted by property owner Shanri Holdings Corp (formerly known as Shanri Properties). For property known as 259 Bull Hill Lane. To locate a 69,390 sq. ft. Shop Rite Supermarket in a building which formerly housed a Stop & Shop Supermarket. Site improvements are proposed.

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.02.21 PMHarry Garafalo took to the podium regarding the Shop Rite Stores he owns. 

Owned Shop Rite in Milford since 2004 and since opened four others in surrounding towns. 

The Orange Store would employ about 200 people. They believe in community service and are environmentally friendly. Recycle plastic, cardboard, wooden pallets and donate food to the food bank. 

The company plans to renovate the exterior of the existing Stop & Shop building to make it more attractive. All sidewalks will be demolished and replaced. 

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 7.58.18 PMThere are 14 trees along Bull Hill Lane that will be removed to improve sight lines.

Two new islands with tall thin trees will be added. Handicapped parking spaces will be re-striped. 

Old shrubbery on islands will be replaced with new shrubs the plantings along Carlson Drive will remain as is. 

Clark said the lighting plans that were submitted show several violations to the regulations. They need to deflect the light from shining off the property. 

The Orange Shop Rite would open sometime around September and the existing gas station would become a Shop Rite Gas Station operated by the Valie family. 

The  Site Plan Application was unanimously approved. (A revised lighting plan would be submitted to Paul Dinice.)

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC. To amend Article XXIV Transit Oriented Development District Regulations. The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.

Continued to the next meeting

8. 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. The Public Hearing on this matter was closed on December 1, 2015.

Continued to the next meeting

9. Review of the proposed TPZC Budget 2016-2017.

The proposed budget is $116,752.

Unanimously approved

10. Not on the provided agenda was the proposal to extend the sewer line to a property on Spring Street.

Paul Kaplan said sewers are an acute need in Orange, and Clark wholeheartedly agreed. 

Unanimously approved — Commissioner Judy Smith recused herself.