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May 062013
 

P&ZThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting will take place in the lower level Town Hall meeting room on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1.  Proposed outdoor garden center, Orange Farmers Market, 254 Bull Hill Lane.

2.   Review of the Minutes from the April 2, 2013 meeting.

3.   Old Business.

4.   New Business.

5.  Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

-Complaint by Frank and Renee Mascia concerning wood pile at Denny Tree Farm on Dogwood Road.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS (*4)

6.   *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE, submitted by the University of New Haven for property known as 584 Derby-Milford Road (former Harvey Hubbell).  The proposal is to convert the former Hubbell Incorporated headquarters into a Graduate School Campus.  A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted with this application. (Continued from April 2, 2013 meeting)

7.  *APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE FOR EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING, submitted by the University of New Haven for property known as 584 Derby-Milford Road (former Harvey Hubbell).  The proposal is for the construction of parking areas to service the proposed UNH Graduate School.  An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL has also been submitted.  (Continued from April 2, 2013 meeting)

8. *APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE FOR EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING, submitted by Strathmore Holdings LLC for property known as 200 Orange Center Road .  The proposal is to construct a 5,320 sq. ft. medical/office building with associated site improvements.  A SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL has also been submitted.  (Continued from April 2, 2013 meeting)

9. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE, submitted by the John D. & William D. Ciola for property known as 0 Meeting House Lane (also known as Ass. Map 51-2-13).  The proposal is to construct a 58’ x 80’ Barn to store Farm tractors, farming equipment, hay storage, and horse stalls.

 

Apr 022013
 

Drawing of Parking Lot A

Drawing of Parking Lot A

Attorney Joe Williams, representing the University of New Haven and Raymond Paier of Westcott & Mapes Inc. (Development Company) came before the Orange Zoning Board of Appeals well prepared it what seemed to be a simple request for variances in order to convert the Harvey Hubbell buildings into a University of New Haven Graduate School.

Williams explained that the school would need to add three new parking areas consisting of 125 parking spaces immediately and an additional 145 parking spaces if the second phase is necessary.

 

Parking green areasAccording to Williams, UNH would convert the existing buildings, but there was no need to construct new buildings or make any exterior modifications to the Hubbell buildings.

The variances they sought were to reduce the 50-foot setback for parking and waive the requirement for planted islands in the parking lot.

Williams said UNH’s priority is to maintain the beauty of the forested site, respecting the 7.8 acre pond and 14.8 acres on which the satellite campus would be housed.

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 12.16.14 PMThe town regulations call for a 50-foot setback from residential areas, but the top parking lot closest to the building is two-feet from the property line and another is 32-feet from the border with the Turkey Hill Preserve, neither complying with the 50-foot setback.

Williams presented drawings to show the board members exactly where specific parking lots would go and what, if any impact they would have to the surroundings.

Currently, the town requires large parking areas to have planted islands with one tree and shrubs for every 10 parking spaces.

Paier first showed Parking Lot D, north of the building which would be surrounded by plantings instead of several internal islands.

Parking Lot A will include islands, but not the amount currently required by the town. It avoids the wetlands and ledge rock, and more than complies with the 50′ setback.

Parking Lot E would have rain gardens, trees and shrubs surrounding the parking lot.  Downward lighting 15′ tall would not disturb neighbors and would be on a timer, but for security reasons the lights would stay on. The plantings would fit in with the existing vegetation.

After listening to the presentations and asking questions, the board first voted to approve the variances for Phase I as submitted.

Chairman Noah Eisenhandler recused himself from the Hubbell proposal due to personal reasons.

The Board voted to approve the variances for Phase I as submitted The final vote was 3-2 and Phase I did not pass.

Then the Board voted on a motion to pass both Phase I and II. The board voted 2-2 with one abstention so it also did not pass.

If UNH had received the approvals it needed, it would have gone before the Town Plan & Zoning Commission tonight.

NOTE: Still awaiting word on whether the TPZC  meeting will take place or be cancelled tonight.

The meeting was adjourned before 8 p.m. without hearing from Nancy Rogers and Atty. Stephen Studer regarding her appeal against the TPZC decision to fine her $150 per day per violation for several unregistered vehicles, storage units, etc.

UPDATE: Studer sent a letter requesting the item be held til next month’s meeting, as one of the storage containers in question should be removed by then.

Mar 302013
 

The Orange TPZC at work

The Orange TPZC at work

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at the Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  1. Update on REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL/SCOPE OF WORK PLAN OF CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT TOWN OF ORANGE.

2.   Review of the Minutes from the March 19, 2013 meeting.

3.   Old Business

4.   New Business.

  1. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS (*4)

6.  * PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS -Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.  To Amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to define and regulate FUN HOUSES, HAUNTED HOUSES AND OTHER SIMILAR ATTRACTION.

]7.   *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE, submitted by the University of New Haven for property known as 584 Derby-Milford Road (former Harvey Hubbell).  The proposal is to convert the former Hubbell Incorporated headquarters into a Graduate School Campus.  A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted with this application.

  1. *APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE FOR EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING, submitted by the University oF New Haven for property known as 584 Derby-Milford Road (former Harvey Hubbell).  The proposal is for the construction of parking areas t service the proposed UNH Graduate School.  An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL has also been submitted.
  1. *APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE FOR EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING, submitted by Strathmore Holdings LLC for property known as 200 Orange Center Road .  The proposal is to construct a 5,320 sq. ft. medical/office building with associated site improvements.    A SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL has also been submitted.

Feb 262013
 

hubbell_logoThe town of Orange purchased 376 acres of forest land from the Hubbell Corporation  for recreational use, but the office campus  is unoccupied to date has remained the property of Hubbell.

The latest news is that the University of New Haven (UNH) is negotiating with the company to acquire 47 acres housing three buildings for its graduate programs from the UNH College of Business, along with the executive masters of business administration.

If the negotiations are successful, UNH hopes to begin classes there for the 2013-14 academic year.

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