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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.

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.)

Obituary: Richard “Dick” Mason, 87, Beloved Father, Active In the Town Of Orange

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Mar 032016
 

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 5.03.39 PMRichard “Dick” Mason, 87, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2016, at his home.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Abigail Kramer Mason. Born on Feb. 5, 1929, in New Haven, he was the son of the late Alfred G. and Clementina Mason.
He held a civil engineering degree from UConn, and an MBA from the University of New Haven, where he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. Mr. Mason worked at Bridgeport Brass Division of National Distillers and Chemical Corp., International Silver and MITE Corp. Over his career, he was awarded 12 patents.
He retired in 1991 as president and COO of Preston Engravers in Windsor. He was also Acting Town Engineer and Director of Public Works in Orange. He was a registered professional engineer for more than 50 years and ran an engineering consulting practice, designing churches, schools, offices and other buildings. He designed and built the house that was his residence for more than 59 years. Mr. Mason was very active in town and community affairs.
He was a founding member and former president of the Orange Historical Society, and past president of the Rotary Club of Orange. He was chairman of the Bicentennial Commission, which sponsored the first Orange Country Fair. He held offices in the Orange Historic District Commission, the Orange Republican Town Committee and the Orange Affordable Housing Program.
With a love of colonial and military history, he lectured at many schools and civic, historical, and patriotic groups on historical subjects. He was honored for his historical research by being elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians. He was a member of the Rogers Island Historical Association, the Connecticut League of Historical Societies, the Greater New Haven Archaeological Society, and was the cannoneer for the Ancient Mariners of Connecticut.
He researched and authored “The Quiet Patriot: Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs and edited The Diary of Jabez Fitch, 1757” and “The 1777 Journal of Robert Treat.” He wrote numerous newspaper articles on history, as well as the 100-word history of Orange on the State Historical Plaque at the Town Hall.
Mr. Mason is survived by his three children, a daughter, Bonnie Mason, and her husband, Alfred Chock, and two sons, Richard Mason Jr., and his wife, Mary Milewski, and Seth Mason, and his wife, Kirsten.
He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Nicholas Mason, Alfred and Lee Chock, Hunter, Ethan and Madeline Mason and Kai, Maren and Eden Milewski-Mason. He is also survived by his nephew, Randall White. He was predeceased by his sister, Geraldine White.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church in Orange 450 Racebrook Road. Orange, CT 06477. Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or to the Orange Historical Society, P.O. Box 784, Orange, CT 06477.
To leave online condolences and to view the complete obituary, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Notes In A Nutshell: Sept. 1 Plan & Zoning Meeting

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Sep 012015
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Orange Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Following a brief review of what happened:

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.22.48 PMAFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component. Ten apartments are proposed.

Chairman Walter Clark brought up a point from the last meeting  — the hill behind the site. He suggests a fence be installed to keep people away from it.

A resident from Margaret Lane asked if parking would be sufficient. Clark said it is.

Clark said he doesn’t feel this is the best place for housing, but “we don’t have a leg to stand on if we deny it.”

The Affordable Housing Application was unanimously approved on the condition that a 4-foot fence be put up.

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – Request for outdoor dining.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.23.07 PMSubmitted by property owner Goodies Orange LLC. For property known as 111 Boston Post Road. Request is being made for outdoor restaurant seating as per Section 383-50 (G) & Section 383-143.4 of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

The architect requested an outside dining area be placed in the front and that bottled beer be served there as well.

Police commission approved it.

Clark said 5 additional parking spaces would be required, and the 3-foot fence would have to be 4-feet tall.

The plans also allows drivers to exit both left AND right.

No one from the public had any comments.

The applicant had all required signatures.

The outdoor dining was unanimously approved.

APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING. Submitted by R. D. Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.22.57 PMScinto, Inc. for property known as 161 Marsh Hill Road (former Stew Leonard Property). The special use is for earth materials to be moved, cut, and filled on site.

SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES. These applications are in conjunction with the construction of an 80,378 sq. ft. office building with associated parking.

LI2 zoned will be developed in stages. Has the required signatures.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.28.20 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.25.29 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.27.10 PM

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.36.34 PMThe building would have 3 different colors of glass.

325 parking spaces will exceed the required amount.

Wetlands are respected and will be safe.

Lights are strategically placed only where needed 22-foot LED with no light trespass, no light seepage for parking lot safety, won’t go beyond parking lot.

Went before the police traffic commission and received approval pending a Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.48.30 PMnod from the state. 

The applicant came well prepared and completely covered everything so, the commission really didn’t have any questions left unanswered.

Both applications were unanimously approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 1 Town Plan & Zoning Meeting Agenda

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Aug 312015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.19.16 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the April 7, 2015, June 2, 2015, August 18,

2015 meetings.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)

5. * AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component. Ten apartments are proposed.

6. * APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – Request for outdoor dining.

Submitted by property owner Goodies Orange LLC. For property known as 111 Boston Post Road. Request is being made for outdoor restaurant seating as per Section 383-50 (G) & Section 383-143.4 of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

7. *APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING. Submitted by R. D. Scinto, Inc. for property known as 161 Marsh Hill Road. The special use is for earth materials to be moved, cut, and filled on site.

Also submitted was a SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES. These applications are in conjunction with the construction of an 80,378 sq. ft. office building with associated parking.

8. SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES. For 161 Marsh Hill Road. These applications are for the construction of an 80,378 sq. ft. office building with associated parking.

 

Originally Published on: Aug 28, 2015 @ 19:26

A Very Short Agenda For Tuesday’s Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

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Aug 152015
 

affordable housingThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at the Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

1.  Review of the Minutes from the August 4, 2015 meeting.

2.  Old Business.

3.  New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)     

5. * AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road.  Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road. The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component.  Ten apartments are proposed.

This plan was discussed at the July 7 meeting.

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Commission July 7 Meeting

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Jul 072015
 

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets tonight, Tuesday, July 7 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.39.51 PMFollowing is the Agenda:

1.  Request by Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.   

Cass said someone wants to open a garden statuary/plant business very similar to the former business.

Chairman Clark said the parking cannot be expanded, the greenhouse must remain a greenhouse but the building must remain the same.        

(Note: This was last discussed in March. See http://wp.me/s3NANz-39319

The Commission will discuss the proposal with the town attorney then they will explore it further with the applicant. 

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.50.27 PM2.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – For property known as 111 Boston Post Road  Submitted by property owner Helen Filipidis, Goodies Orange LLC.  For proposed façade work on an existing restaurant building.                       

The proposal is for the expansion of parking areas servicing existing office use.

Discussion: The applicant said the lighting will remain the same, the parking spaces will be the same. the “greenhouse” area in front will be removed and replaced with solid walls. Landscaping will be done.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.58.45 PMRe roof with red roofing, get rid of the Kenny Rogers features that still exist. Building will be brick on the bottom, stucco in the middle then the roof.

They plan to put a large recycling area in as well.

He is confident that the application meets all the town requirements.

Plans were unanimously approved

3.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION,  For property known as 34 Prindle Hill Road.  Submitted by property owner Colonial Building Associates, LLC. 

The plans meet all the town requirements.

Plans were unanimously approved

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.57.31 PM4.  Review of the Minutes from the June 16, 2015 meeting.

5.  Old Business.

6.  New Business.

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Paul Dinice has issued several abatement and cease and desist orders around town.

He took photos of 119 Buttonball which still has issues with garbage and debris in yard.

The fines are piling up.

Ohman Avenue (Rogers Property) debris in front yard, and evidently neighbors filed false complaints along with legitimate complaints about the house.

Town Atty. Vin Marino said they’re working with Frank Rogers on selling the house.

The problem with running bamboo has continued in town and is being addressed.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)     

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.03.32 PM8. *SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and DisplaySubmitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road.  For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

Discussion: Chairman Clark has been checking up on the placement of merchandise. The business has been “good” about keeping the merchandise off the sidewalks. 

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said during the holiday weekend the store was in compliance with the town regulations and he wanted to congratulate the store manager for a job well done. 

This meeting went much better than past presentations with Home Depot.

The Application was unanimously approved.


Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.14.59 PM9. *
AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.  [Former Galvin Pool]

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component.  Ten apartments are proposed. 

Discussion: Jeff Gordon, a representative for the applicant, said Orange is low on the spectrum for affordable housing.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.29.56 PM1-2 bedroom apartments most likely will attract small families who are seeking temporary rental housing (are “between” homes).

The building will not work well as a commercial building because of the location, but is great for this residential plan.

Chairman Clark said the “affordability” part of the application was missing and therefore it was incomplete, so the commission could not vote favorably on the application.

Gordon said his client is willing to work with the commission to make sure it’s approved. He could bring the missing piece with him at the next TP&Z meeting later this month.

This subject has been continued until the August meeting. 

Tonight’s Town Plan & Zoning Agenda includes Enchanted Gardens, And An Affordable Housing Plan

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Jul 072015
 

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets tonight, Tuesday, July 7 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

1.  Request by Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.           

(Note: This was last discussed in March. See http://wp.me/s3NANz-39319)     

2.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – For property known as 111 Boston Post Road  Submitted by property owner Helen Filipidis, Goodies Orange LLC.  For proposed façade work on an existing restaurant building.                       

3.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION,  For property known as 34 Prindle Hill Road.  Submitted by property owner Colonial Building Associates, LLC. 

The proposal is for the expansion of parking areas servicing existing office use.

4.  Review of the Minutes from the June 16, 2015 meeting.

5.  Old Business.

6.  New Business.

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)     

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

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 2.58.56 PM9. * AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road.  Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.  [Formerly Galvin Pool]

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component.  Ten apartments are proposed.