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10-07-10
MINUTES
Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission


Land Use Office                                                              Regular Meeting
Municipal Building                                                            October 7, 2010
3 Primrose Street, Newtown, Connecticut                 

Present:  Ms. Dean; Mr. Bloom; Mr. Mulholland and Mr. Poulin.  Alternates: Mr. Mr. Pozek seated for Ms. Brymer, Mr. Porco and Mr. Cruson. Clerk:  Ms. Wilkin

The meeting was opened at 7.34 p.m.  Notice is made that the entire meeting was taped and can be heard in the Planning and Zoning Office, Municipal Building, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, Connecticut

MANDATORY REFERRALS

MANDATORY REFERRAL UNDER CGS 8-24 FROM THE BOROUGH OF NEWTOWN FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BOROUGH OF NEWTOWN ZONING REGULATIONS TO ADD SECTION 6.07 PERTAINING TO SIGNS FOR GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS AND GOVERNMENTAL USES IN A RESIDENTIAL ZONE

The Commission discussed the matter and found everything acceptable.  They unanimously agreed that they should recommend the proposal and Ms. Dean should write a letter of approval to the Borough.

MANTATORY REFERRAL UNDER CGS 8-24 FROM THE BOROUGH OF NEWTOWN FOR APPLICATION FOR SITE DEVELOPMENT APPOVAL BY THE NEWTOWN HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO. 1 INCORPORATED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A 2 ½ STORY FIRE STATION BUILDING LOCATED AT 12 SUGAR STREET, NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT

Robert Manna, 100 Glen Road, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, member of the Volunteer Fire Department and Building Committee for the Hook and Ladder Company, addressed the Commission, explaining why the new building was necessary.

Chris Smith, Land Use Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, One Constitutional Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut, submitted and gave an overview of a “Packet for Submission Regarding Section 8-24 of the Connecticut General Statutes Referral to Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Newtown Concerning Proposed Fire Station on Sugar Street, Newtown, Connecticut, October 7, 2010”, a copy of which can be read in the Land Use Office.  He went on to explain the need for the new location due to the condition of the existing firehouse and increase in Newtown’s population.

Jason Rivera 16 Naraganset Trail, Newtown, Connecticut gave a detailed power-point presentation of the current conditions and the reason for building the new firehouse on Sugar Street as opposed to Fairfield Hills.  The central location would service the entire area in a more timely manner.

Kevin Cragin, 22 Georges Hill Road, Newtown, Connecticut, Fire Commission of Newtown Hook and Ladder Company.  Discussions for a new building began in 1984 when the first budget request was filed.  He gave the history of the existing Hook and Ladder building, which is in poor shape, and the subsequent budget approval.  Twenty years ago the building was condemned.  As a result it was secured, with a loss of one-third of the useable space.

Michael Burton, 107 Glen Road, Sandy Hook, Connecticut volunteer member of the Newtown Fire Department, addressed the problem with the Fairfield Hills location.  They have had to address the possibility of the existing building being condemned.  The proposed location is a good solution to the problem.

Bill Halstead, 23 Cherry Street, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Fire Marshal and Chief of the Sandy Hook Fire Department asked for the Commission’s support.  He explained ISO requirements and how it applied to the town and the importance of keeping the fire house in town.

Chris DeAngelis, P.E., Cabezas DeAngelis, 1450 Bartrum Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut, briefly went through the site plan.  The 9.39 acres was donated by the Scudder family.  There would be only one acre of disturbance with the building in the center, allowing trucks to drive around for ease in returning to the bay.  All comments of the Inland Wetland Commission have been addressed and submitted with revised plans.

Mr. Manna addressed the parking spaces, which are sufficient for their needs.  They tried to be conservative due to wetland concerns.

Phil Clark, 7 Currituck Road, Newtown, Connecticut, architect, described the proposed building.  Light fixtures will be on motion sensors and dark sky compliant.

Robert Sherwood, 16 Ox Hill Road, Newtown, Connecticut, Landscape Architect went through the proposed plantings.

Michael Galante, Frederick P. Clark Associates, Inc., 41 Ruane Street, Fairfield, Connecticut, Traffic Consultant, explained the traffic counts at all times of the day.  His report is to be found in the Packet referred to.  He and Mr. Manna explained how the traffic light on the corner of Routes 25 and 302 would be triggered by a button inside the firehouse that would allow 90 minutes before the light on 302 would turn to red.  There would be no exterior siren on this building and should be one on the current building become operational, it will be used.

Mr. Smith said that the proposal is consistent with the POCD and regulations and on behalf of the Fire Department respectfully requested a favorable recommendation, which is very important to them.

Rick Cariejo, 1 Patricia Lane, Newtown, Connecticut, asked about the siren.  

Ann Marie Mitchel, 17 Butterfield Road, Newtown, Connecticut, asked for a positive recommendation.

After discussing the matter the Commission had no issue with the proposal except for the approval of the Wetland Commission.  Ms. Dean will write a letter recommending acceptance of the proposal contingent on this approval.

A recess was called at 9:35 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 9:47 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING

APPLICATION BY THE TOWN OF NEWTOWN PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS AT SECTION 3.08.100 CONCERNING PERFORMANCE BONDS FOR SUBDIVISIONS TO BRING THE TOWN OF NEWTOWN SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES AS CONTAINED IN A CERTAIN DOCUMENT ENTITLED “TOWN OF NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT AMENDMENT TO THE SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS” DATED AUGUST 17, 2010

Ms. Dean read the call for the hearing and explained the reason for the amendment.

There were no members of the public wishing to address the matter.

The hearing was closed at 9:49 p.m.

ACTION

Ms. Dean moved the following:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission that the application by the Town of Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission for an amendment to the subdivision regulations at Section 3.08.100 concerning performance bonds for subdivisions to bring the Town of Newtown Subdivision Regulations in compliance with the Connecticut General Statutes as contained in a certain document entitled “Town of Newtown, Connecticut Amendment to the Subdivision Regulations” dated August 17. 2010

SHALL BE APPROVED

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the purpose of this amendment is to bring the Town of Newtown Subdivision Regulations in compliance with the Connecticut General Statutes.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the amendments are consistent with the Town of Newtown Plan of Conservation and Development

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the amendments shall become effective on October 18, 2010.

Seconded by Mr. Mulholland
                                                Vote:   Ms. Dean                Yes
                                                        Mr. Bloom               Yes
                                                        Mr. Mulholland  Yes
                                                        Mr. Poulin              Yes
                                                        Mr. Pozek               Yes
Motion approved
                                        
PUBLIC HEARING

APPLICATION BY THE TOWN OF NEWTOWN PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION FOR UPDATE TO THE TOWN OF NEWTOWN PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONTAINED IN DRAFT DOCUMENTS ENTITLED “PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT 2010 DRAFT FOR THE SANDY HOOK DESIGN DISTRICT”, “PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT 2010 FOR THE HAWLEYVILLE CENTER DESIGN DISTRICT” AND “SOUTH MAIN STREET DESIGN DISTRICT (SMDD)”.

The hearing was opened at 9:50 p.m.

Ms. Dean read the call for the hearing.  She said there is a need for maps of the areas showing the range of the districts.  Mr. Benson will prepare them for screening at an upcoming meeting.  Some of the wording needs refining, which will be prepared at the same time.  Ms. Dean asked to hear from the public.  

Helga Rope, 46 Hawleyville Road, Newtown, Connecticut, asked for clarification of page 3.  Ms. Dean advised that until the railroad garbage transfer station is decided upon, there will be no consideration of extending the residential zone in the Hawleyville Design District.

Ann Marie Mitchell, 17 Butterfield Road, Sandy Hook, Connecticut read from notes that were submitted to file.  She asked about the Exit 9 study.  She would like to be considered for any committee addressing Hawleyville Design District issues.  She would not concede to a transfer station in the area.  

Jim Mitchell suggested dropping the last sentence of the HDD portion.

Mike Porco, 8 Sugar Loaf Road, Sandy Hook, Connecticut would like to see the SHDD guidelines tightened up.  He felt a need for flexibility in what are essentially small hamlets.  Ms. Dean explained that these inserts are not the same as the Guidelines.

PUBLIC HEARING (Continued)

APPLICATION BY HATTERTOWN LLC FOR A FIVE LOT SUBDIVISION, 22 & 24 HATTERTOWN ROAD, NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, AS SHOWN ON A CERTAIN MAP ENTITLED “FINAL SUBDIVISION MAP PREPARED FOR HATTERTOWN, LLC, NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT: DATED MARCH 25, 2010, SCALE 1” = 60’, ASSESSOR’S MAP 8, BLOCK 9, LOTS 2 AND 2B

John McCoy, P.E., JFM Engineering, 440 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut, engineer for the project submitted a letter dated October 7, 2010 addressing the Town Historian’s comments.  He also addressed storm water management tank comments raised by the Town Engineer.

The hearing was closed at 10:48 p.m.

Mr. Bloom moved the following:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission that the application by Hattertown. LLC for a five lot subdivision, 22 & 24 Hattertown Road, Newtown, Connecticut, as shown on a certain map entitled “Final Subdivision Map prepared for Hattertown, LLC, Newtown,” dated March 25, 2010, last revised August 16, 2010, scale 1” = 60’, Assessor’s Map 8, Block 9, Lots 2 and 2b.

SHALL BE APPROVED with the following stipulations:

That prior to filing the record maps in the Newtown Land Records:

  • A bond in the amount of $162,700 shall be submitted to secure the following:
        Road and drainage:                      $119,000
        Fire Suppression tank (30,000 gallon)   $35,500
        Lot Pin Bond                            $8,200

  • The applicant/developer shall permanently field mark the conservation easements, access easement on every lot prior to the issuance of a building permit to permit potential home buyers to visually identify the easement areas.
  • The applicant/developer shall permanently field mark and blaze a trail within the access way to the open space land prior to the issuance of a building permit for lots at the end of the cul de sac to permit potential homebuyers to visually identify the access areas.  The Conservation Commission’s agent shall specify the marker type and locations for the markers and will assist with locating the trail.
  • The applicant shall record on the land records the executed conservation easements and access easements for each lot along with the subdivision map.
  • The area on the western portion of lot 3 should be noted as an area of archeological sensitivity on the record.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the application is consistent with the Subdivision Regulations and the F&R-2 zone.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this approval shall become effective on October 18, 2010.

Seconded by Mr. Mulholland.
                                                Vote:   Ms. Dean                Yes
                                                        Mr. Bloom               Yes
                                                        Mr. Mulholland  Yes
                                                        Mr. Pozek               No
Motion approved

ADJOURNMENT

Ms. Pozek made a motion to adjourn.  Seconded by Mr. Bloom. The vote was approved unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 10:52 p.m.