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Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan and Zoning Commission Aug. 7

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Aug 072018
 

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission met at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.

Following are notes from the meeting:

1. Review of the Minutes from the June 19, 2018 and July 3, 2018 Meetings.

There was some discussion about the wording in a couple of areas of the June 19 minutes.

2. 8-24 Referral Municipal Improvements – Request by the Town of Orange to acquire property known as 28 Salemme Lane.

The state has decided not to go forward with the Orange Train Station at this time due to financial difficulties. The state would pay for the town to acquire the land that was going to be used with the condition that if a station were to be built, a platform would be built on the property. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend the agreement to the Board of Selectmen.

3. 8-24 Referral Municipal Improvements – Proposed donation of land from Starwood Ceruzzi Meadows LLC to the Town of Orange. For properties known as Lot 55-06-02; Lot 55-06-13; Lot 56-01-02B; and Lot 56-01-09; 20.29 total acres.

A large wet parcel behind Best Buy would be gifted to the town. It will put a nice buffer between the commercial and residential zones in the area. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend the plan to the Board of Selectmen.

4. Request by the Orange Economic Development Commission for a Special Event known as the ‘Orange Stampede’ – the idea of using public art to draw awareness and traffic to the Retail Sector, by placing life-size 5×8 acrylic oxen in targeted locations along the Boston Post Road.

The oxen would be sponsored and displayed by different Orange businesses from June – Sept of 2019.

The commissioners aired safety concerns, such as sightline obstructions. The concept was approved pending the approval of the zoning enforcement officer for each location.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

St. Barbara’s Greek Church should contact the Commission regarding their upcoming Labor Day weekend festival.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS 7:30 p.m. *(2)

8. * SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION – For the sale and/or Processing of Agricultural Products. For property known as 870 Garden Road. Submitted by property owners Raymond and Maryellen Holden. The request is to construct a 20’ x 30’ addition to an existing barn. A request has been made for the waiver of the submission of a sealed site plan as per Section 383-117B (1).

The Holdens requested the larger space in which to host children’s parties and crafting events which they have been doing for many years. The farm is not open to the public, all activities are by appointment only as they always have been. The addition would blend in with the rest of the buildings on the property. No neighbors would be impacted by the addition.

Application unanimously approved.

9. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS — Submitted by 32 Seniors, LLC. To amend the Planned Residential
Development zoning regulations to reduce the restricted age from 62 to 55. Changes to Section 383-103 A, 383-109 C(4), and 383-113 (C) are proposed.

Applicant was not present. The item was moved to the next meeting.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli chose to speak on the issue. He said he’s received many complaints from residents in the building. He said the current owners always have excuses and it is not acceptable.

He believes that the town needs MORE housing for people aged 62 and older. He asked the commission to keep the age restriction as it is.

 

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Nov 092017
 

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.

Approved

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.

Postponed

4. Review of the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting.

Approved

5. Old Business.

None

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.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

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.

Tuesday’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission Agenda

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Jan 032017
 

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

Review of the Minutes from the November 1, 2016 and December 20, 2016 meetings.

2.  Old Business.

3.   New Business.

4.  Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log.

5.  Request for Carnival Peck Place School Carnival.  To be held on the Orange Fair

     Grounds Saturday April 22, 2017 & Sunday April 23, 2017.

6.  Review and discussion concerning Orange Transit Oriented Audit & Strategy

     Options (study), possible changes to the TODD Regulations, & possible changes

     to the Orange Zoning Map.  (TRAIN STATION)

Town Plan & Zoning Commission to Hear New Enchanted Gardens Request

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Jan 182016
 

File photo from zoning meeting

File photo from zoning meeting

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

Following is the Agenda:

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

2. Review of the Minutes from the November 4, 2015 meeting.

3.  Old Business.

4.   New Business.

5.  Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

           -Request for release of Bond University of New Haven 584 Derby Milford Road.

           -Request for release of Bond – 34 Prindle Hill Road.

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

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.

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.

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).

*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.

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning — Applicants Unprepared, Blight in Orange

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May 052015
 

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall, Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 7.34.23 PMSUBDIVISION APPLICATION – Subdivision for Paul Clark, 560 Lambert Road.  To subdivide 3.51 Acres of RES Residential Land to create 2 lots.

Notes: The applicant did not have all the signatures he needed, so this item has been postponed until the next TP&ZC meeting 

Light Industrial – 3 Plan —  Discussion and review of “Draft” LI-3 Modifications.

Notes: The Commission is sending the draft plan to public hearing, and it also will include outdoor storage discussions. 

The Commission voted to send that zoning map proposal to a public hearing, after which they will vote on whether or not to amend it.

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

There is a truck in the shopping center parking lot on Orange Center Road that appears to be inoperable and now it is being filled with trash. Zoning officer Paul Dinice will look into it. 

The property on Buttonball is still an eyesore and fines are mounding.

Dinice is receiving many anonymous complaints regarding blight in town and he is following up on every one of them. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)     

3.  APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – DRIVE THRU SERVICE WINDOW.  Submitted by property owner Stanley A. Jacobs Et Al.  For property known as 111 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is to install a Drive Thru Service Window for a proposed restaurant in an existing building.

Note: This applicant also did not have all of the materials he needed in order for the commission to vote on it. It has been continued until the next commission meeting.