The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met Tuesday night. A couple of the scheduled agenda items were held over until the next meeting for various reasons.
SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Silverbrook Plaza at 350 Boston Post Road, Submitted by owner Barbara Thomas. The proposal is to construct a 136 sq. ft. stair and entrance addition from the lower level to first floor of Wasabi Restaurant.
The restaurant has a wine and beer license and wants to add liquor to the business.
The plans will allow customers to have easy access to Wasabi restaurant from the rear parking lot instead of walking around the building which can be dangerous.
All requirements were met and the plans were unanimously approved.
Discussion and review of “Draft” LI-3 Modifications as prepared by Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder.
LI-3 located on west side of Indian River Road and Chalder suggests the minimum lot size be altered.
Chairman Clark said maybe change the lot size requirements instead of a minimum size… make it a maximum size. Control the type of usage — no big box stores (currently a minimum of 25,000 sq ft bldg).
Leave the door open for an office or select retail use since this is the pathway to the business district in Orange.
Frontage is important to any business. Chalder said businesses should consider sharing parking areas and driveways.
Paul Grimmer of the town Economic Development Office said the discussion so far seemed right on track with what he was thinking.
Mr. Chalder will work on the wording and present his proposal at the next TP&ZC meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING ON “DRAFT” ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT. In accordance with Section 8-23 of the Connecticut State Statutes, this is a public hearing to obtain public comment, concerns, and questions. A copy of the proposed plan has been filed in the Office of the Orange Town Clerk and is also available in the Orange Zoning Department and Town of Orange Website. After completion of the public hearing, the commission may revise the plan and may adopt the plan or any part thereof or amendment thereto by a single resolution or may, by successive resolutions, adopt parts of the plan and amendments.
This is an advisory document for different commissions as to the direction the town should move toward in the future. The document will go through to 2025.
Route 1, water and sewer issues etc.
Chalder took all the comments dating back to March 2015 to the last TPZC meeting and made the changes accordingly.
• Natural Resources –
• A revised open space map was generated for the commission’s consideration.
Resident commented that he did not think the plan met his expectations. When the Christmas Tree Shop plaza opened the roads were widened in the 80s and he began complaining about traffic on Lambert Road. etc. etc. etc.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said there is a lot of open space in Orange (in response to someone’s concerns) and in answer to the above resident’s traffic comments, he said the state is involved in a lot of traffic decisions, and road work is currently being done.
He added that there is a medical use business and an office business that want to come in at the top of the hill and there is interest in other properties on Indian River Road.
The town plan is important to draw in potential businesses.
Chairman Clark said Orange Center and Derby Ave should be considered for Traffic improvements.
The revised document will be presented at the next meeting.
APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE. Submitted by property owner Stellato Realty, LLC. For property known as 403 Derby Avenue. The proposal is to have a wine tasting facility in conjunction with a vineyard on site. Also for the sale of agricultural products produced on site. Sales include wine and accessory items such as cheeses, breads, and other complimentary food items. Facility will be a 5,878 sq. ft. addition to an existing 2,733 sq. ft. building. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION also has been submitted in conjunction with this application.
This is the Windmill Vineyard (former Legionaires of Christ) 3,600 Grapevines have been planted
Scaled down version of plan that was a controversial subject during the last election.
Chief Gagne was concerned about traffic and the prohibited UTurn near the vineyard. This restriction has since been lifted by the state and has gotten the Police Commission’s approval.
Selectman Ken Lenz said he thought the proposed use was inappropriate for a residential area. He feels the traffic situation will be dangerous and having parties on the property late at night won’t be fair for surrounding residents. The septic system is not big enough for their needs.
Clark said the Commission should base its decision on the facts, not people’s concerns.
Clark requested complete floor plans for the above mentioned buildings and the total of land used for grape production.
Judy Morgan requested a complete list of all foods that would be served in the facility.
The hearing was continued until May 19.
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.
This was not ready to go forward pending Police Commission approval — Continued until May 5.
Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Paul Dinece had done many residential inspections due to complaints. He met with Town Attorney and owner of 119 Buttonball regarding the fines and possible lawsuit if the continued violations are not taken care of.