New Fitness Club On Feb. 6 Plan And Zoning Agenda

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TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan And Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Request to locate Cheshire Fitness Zone at 564 Racebrook Road. Former William Orange Realty and Caldwell Banker Real Estate.

2. Review of the Minutes from the January 16, 2018, Meeting.

3. Request by the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy Hebrew Day to extend the time limit to use and occupy temporary classrooms.

4. Old Business.

5. New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 7:30 p.m. *(3)

6. *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Jerome Spector Revocable Trust and Janet Cesanek. For property known as 772 Derby Milford Road. For two accessory structures which are already located on the property. One building is 20’ by 16’ and a second building is 11.9’ x 24’.

The application is submitted in accordance with Section 383-26 I (3)(a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations. A larger ground coverage and height in excess of 15’ is requested. (Continued from January 16, 2018, meeting.)

7. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS -Submitted by Richard Meisenheimer. To Amend the Orange Zoning Regulations relative to Article XII – PRD Planned Residential Development Regulations.

8. *RESUBDIVISION APPLICATION -Submitted by Philomena & Estate of John LaViola, Sr.For property known as 400 Narrow Lane, Orange, CT. To Re-Subdivide 8.5 Acres (7.71 in Orange, CT; 0.79 in Milford, CT). Zoning District – Residential RES in Orange, CT; R-12.5 in Milford, CT.

Notes In A Nutshell January 6 TP&Z Meeting

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Jan 062015

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Orange Town Hall, Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:               

150 Boston Post Road

150 Boston Post Road

SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Nuit Lounge, Submitted by Jaider O’Sorno/Nuit ENT LLC for owner HB Nitkin Group.  For property known as 150 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is to open Nuit Café & Lounge in space now or formerly occupied by RSVP.

Tabled until next month.

2.   Set Public Hearing Date for POCD adoption.  The Public Hearing Date must be 65 plus days from tonight’s meeting to meet statutory requirements.  Suggested dates are March 17 & April 21, 2015.

Date is set for March.

3.   Review of draft “Outdoor Storage & Outdoor Displays” regulations.

4.   Review of the Minutes of November 18, 2014 Special Meeting, and

December 2, 2014.  A couple of changes were made and the minutes were approved.

      5.   Old Business.  None

     6.   New Business.  None

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

• 600 Wheeler’s Farm Road, a Rogers property – Mr. Rogers wants a Deck Permit

• 2 vehicles are at the shopping center that seem to be inoperable.

• Buttonball tenant is still an issue. Owner may have threatened to evict the tenant as his violations are costing her money. Fines are $150 per day since Nov. 2.


    Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 8.07.22 PM 8.   APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION for the conversion of a single family dwelling to accommodate an elderly apartment.  – Submitted by John & Kathleen Maturo for property known as 211 Pine Tree Drive.  To construct an addition to an existing dwelling to accommodate an Elderly Apartment.

Chairman Clark said at the last meeting they discussed the percentage of space that the addition would take and it exceeded what was allowed in the regulations. but after the meeting a discussion with Town Attorney Vin Marino showed the plans would comply with the regulations for subdivisions.

Approved unanimously. 

    Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 8.15.03 PM 9.  PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS.

-Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.

To add Section 383-121 Outdoor Storage & Displays.  The purpose of this chapter is to regulate temporary outdoor sales, display, and storage in specific circumstances.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 8.41.39 PMAt stores such as Lowes and Home Depot where merchandise often is placed outside on the sidewalks and in the parking lot. the amendment would limiting maximum height to 7-feet, with the exception of free standing sheds that can not exceed 12-feet in height. The purpose is to protect the safety of residents, pedestrians, visitors (and customers). The displays would be permitted for only a four month period.

There was an extensive discussion regarding the businesses having ample parking if any portion of the parking lot is used to display merchandise, including the large storage sheds.

The application must come forward every year.

Unanimously approved.


Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 9.12.08 PM-Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.

To change the following properties from Light Industrial LI-2 to Light Industrial LI-3:  253 Indian River Road, a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 23-2-3 (now or formerly owned by John L. & Gloria A. Capecelatro Fam. LLC); 273 Indian River Road, a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 23-2-2 (now or formerly owned by Two Hundred Seventy Three Indian River); & 283 Indian River Road, a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 23-2-1 (now or formerly owned by PTNT Properties LLC).

Economic Development Director Paul Grimmer addressed the commission, Dec. 2, stating that it would help the economic development in the town of Orange.

Dwayne Hipp, a member of S.O.N. came out in opposition of the proposal, thinking that it was going to be on the FORMER Stew Leonard’s property (It is in fact NOT on Edison Road).

Chairman Clark stopped him, stating that Recreation Showroom did not survive there so, it is not “Prime” retail space.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 8.49.35 PMCommissioner Ralph Aschettino clarified that each of the lots are so small that a large retail store, such as a Christmas Tree Shop would not be able to build on any of the parcels, but it would lend itself better to a doctor’s office.

Commissioner Paul Kaplan said no business that opens on one of these lots would generate horrific traffic like Hipp is suggesting.

Hipp said Grimmer just wants to make a quick deal and get businesses into these locations.

Aschettino said bringing business into town would increase revenue and help keep the tax burden off of residents.

Grimmer said a doctors office would not fit into an LI-2 zone, but it would be allowed in an LI-3 zone. AND it is important to note that a doctor’s office would fall into the “retail” category.

Clark said it would open the door to get some quality development in that area.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 9.38.39 PMGeorge Finley, another SON individual cautioned the commission that once they make the zone change it’s set in stone and it would open the door for gas stations etc. (Tonight’s discussion already has addressed this since the parcels are so small).

Retail is limited to 5 acres and 25,000 square feet, but doctors offices, attorney’s offices are a different story.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 9.41.39 PMFirst Selectman Jim Zeoli said the property has been for sale for a very long time, one of the parcels has carnival trailers and trucks parked on it. He thinks that the recently cleared property would be a great spot for a funeral home.

“I think you should think about the acreage and square footage numbers before you make your decision,” he said. “We have a lot of 2, 2.5, and 4 acre parcels that don’t meet the criteria for LI-3.”

Marino said the standards for the zoning regulations should be carefully considered and perhaps creating an LI-4 regulation to accommodate different parcels and uses may be a good idea so the commission does not find itself in trouble in the future.

The subject was tabled for the evening and will be revisited at the next TP&ZC meeting.

Currently Orange has a 4% vacancy rate.