When the University of New Haven returned to the Town Plan & Zoning Commission with revisions to their site plan application, they came just as well prepared as in prior appearances.
Atty. Joe Williams explained modifications, and stated that the Inlands Wetlands Commission approved their plans. He said parking lots D, A, and E would accommodate the students and staff (410 students 41 staff )
Raymond Paier presented the new revised plans for the parking areas.
Parking lot D is the primary parking lot and it has been moved over 50-foot from the setback reducing it 24 parking spaces. It will still be attractively landscaped; and the drainage system is designed to retain 100% of the water; the lighting has been revised.
Parking lot A to the right of the pond only lost 7 spaces to comply with the zoning requirements for interior planted islands.
Parking lot E, a kidney shaped lot now has a 50-foot setback and the parking has been reduced from 88 to 56 spaces. (This was one of the variances that the Zoning Board of Appeals originally shot down.)
The line of sight from the driveway on Derby-Milford Road had to be improved. Trees will be removed and the Orange Police Traffic Authority approved the proposal.
The applicant has proved that it can provide another parking area — Parking Lot G — if necessary in the future, which is required by zoning.
The campus will have sidewalks and lights from the parking areas for safety purposes. There also is parking under the building with an elevator.
All department heads have signed off on the plans.
Kaplan and Clark both said they liked the original plans better, but these revised plans comply with all zoning requirements.
All they have to do now is remove trees to improve sight line on Derby-Milford Road.
The plans were approved unanimously.
“Congratulations, and welcome to Orange,” Clark said.