The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
• As required by Section 8-24 of the CT General Statutes – Request for the conveyance of land and Construction Easement on Salemme Lane. For the widening of Salemme Lane. Submitted by Robin Pearson, Esq. for 65 Marsh Hill Road, LLC.
Pearson’s client wants to donate 1,368 sq ft of land to the town so Salemme Lane can be widened making way for the proposed Orange Train Station.
Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the Board of Selectmen regarding this land donation.
• As required by Section 8-24 of the CT General Statutes – Request to abandon the Town’s rights to “Christmas Tree Lane.” Submitted by Kenneth A. Votre, Esq.
Zoning enforcement officer Paul Dinice recommended that the Commission NOT approve this request as a matter of public safety.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli addressed the commission and gave a brief history of the situation and clarified that neither the TPZC nor the Board of Selectmen would make the decision to abandon or retain the property, but the residents would have the final say at the Town Meeting in May.
The Commissioners voted to send an unfavorable recommendation to the BOS [as a formality. ]
PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)
7. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION for the conversion of a single family dwelling to accommodate an elderly apartment. For property known as 1026 Field Drive, Orange, CT. Submitted by property owner Susan D. Abate. To create an elderly apartment.
The applicant did not show up for the meeting, so it was continued to the next meeting.
9. 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 FiveMarsh 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.
Zeoli spoke again stating that the town is committed to the train station and that the project is well planned out. Even though some residents my be frustrated by the slow process at least it will be a good project. Many large businesses support the train station, but we must get the message to the state and let them know that it is important.
[I suggest you watch Video on Demand on OGAT for the complete discussion, including Dichello’s Ed Crowley’s presentation]