Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice is getting 2-3 residential complaints per day.
Residents are interested in the TODD (Transit Oriented Development Districts) at Firelight Plaza.
-Review of Zoning Activities Log.
Discussion with consultant planner Glenn Chalder regarding possible review and revisions to the TODD zoning regulations.
After the commissioners shared their thoughts, they turned the discussion over to Chalder.
Chalder said he thought he should meet with property owners to get to know their thoughts.
Commissioner Ozzie Parente said the commission did not hear from many of the larger businesses in town, i.e. UI, YALE, etc.
Will a train station change the way developers do business in town.
Chairman Beau Clark said last month’s discussion included the wear and tear on emergency services if large residential complexes are included in certain zoning districts.
“When we wrote the regulations we wanted to make sure that residential units weren’t built and occupied and then…the train station falls through,” Clark said.
Chalder said the concept of a Transit Oriented Development — such as a train station with available residential units — needs special language in the regulations.
The train station parking structure also came up.
Chalder said he wants to give the commission a variety of options so they can come up with a regulation that will work in the long term.
Judy Smith said while Chalder does his research the commissioners also should take a look at similar TODs in other towns – such as Fairfield.
Chalder said his research most likely will take about 4 months.
He asked the Commission to look into what they were thinking when they current regulations were drafted and what has changed since that time.
Clark said they had many things to consider, including protecting businesses on Route 1 and still attract large desirable businesses to town.
Further discussion revealed that the decisions were made in 2010 before the West Haven Train Station was built.
Clark said adjoining property owners will want to jump on the wagon and build a mini-metropolis in the area of the new train station.
Parente said residents don’t want a high density residential development in the Marsh Hill Road area.
Clark said he thought that the housing should be restricted to 21 and older, because it is no place for children.
That said, this portion of the meeting was closed and the public hearing was opened at 8:45 p.m.
PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)
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.
Discussion: A portion of the current parking regulations were written with private educational institutions, such as vocational schools, Yale, Foundation, etc, not the town’s elementary schools in mind.
Chalder offered his recommendations for changes to the parking regulations.
The Commission Voted unanimously in favor of the changes.
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