The Town Plan and Zoning Commission met in Room 2 at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Following are notes from that meeting.
1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by David Bushley, LLC., for property known as 91 Boston Post Road (the AT&T Store).
For proposed architectural façade changes at 91 Boston Post Road.
2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Majestic Empire Holdings, LLC; for property known as 348 Boston Post Road. For the re-construction of TGI Fridays Restaurant. Application required to determine compliance due to site changes that were made without required approvals.
Unanimously approved site plan application dependent on the condition of including a breakaway fence for emergency vehicles and landscaping changes to be submitted to zoning enforcement officer.
3. Possible Executive Session to discuss pending litigation concerning 320 Michael Court.
4. Review of the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting.
5. Old Business.
6. New Business.
Chairman Ozzie Parente suggested changing the start time for Commission meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. effective Jan. 1, 2018. (paperwork will be submitted to Town Clerk)
7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Blight and/or Town Ordinance Violations at 829 Racebrook Road, 711 Laurie Lane, 342 Country Lane.
Public Works will begin removing Non-compliant signs on the Boston Post Road.
8. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)
Revised regulations may cause challenges and concerns, and as far as the TODD District, nothing will be done without a train station.
200 units approved can go up to 240.
Commissioner Judy Smith said personally, she does not believe Orange Needs a train station after the West Haven one was built. She’d rather see light industrial in that area.
Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said Orange has limited LI2 space available and it would be thrown away by following through with the train station/residential plan.
2,000 sq ft per unit most commissioners thought it was not necessary. 1,000 sq ft per unit would be acceptable.
9. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)
10. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS — Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)
Commuter parking garage could be used by the state of CT.
11. Discussion and possible vote to correct scrivener’s error with regard to the TODD District and “TODD eligible area” on the Orange Zoning Map.
Steven Studer representing Dichello, the company that would benefit from a train station development in Orange.
Proposed construction could be phased in. Studer said not too confident in his proposal before the commission after listening to their earlier discussion during this meeting.
What you’re doing is closing a regulation which won’t do anything. In order for the TODD to benefit the community, it has to benefit surrounding businesses too.
Geoff Gordon representing Dichello – if you don’t look out for the developers, they aren’t going to come.
Everyone dreams of a big research facility, but it’s not going to happen, Gordon said.
A coffee shop near the train platform would attract customers.
The TODD needs to be expanded because what you’ve proposed is half a TODD.
Millennials want to jump on a train and go to New York or Boston.
Studer said Mr. Hall is very disappointed by the way things are going tonight.
The Commission decided to keep Item #10 Open. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics said if you keep one open then keep all of them open.
Aschettino said they’ve been beating a dead horse and discussing it for months, so why keep anything open.
The newest commissioner, Kevin Cornell, was very vocal and appeared to be in charge.