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October 26, 2010
TOWN OF EAST WINDSOR
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Public Hearing #1578
October 26, 2010


The Meeting was called to order in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT. at 7:00 P. M. by Chairman Ouellette.

ESTABLISHMENT OF QUORUM:

A quorum was established as five Regular Members (Devanney, Farmer, Gowdy, Ouellette, and Thurz) and one Alternate Member (Mulkern) were present.  Alternate Member O’Brien was absent.  Chairman 0ullette noted all Regular Members would sit in on all Items of Business this evening.   Also present was Town Planner Whitten.

ADDED AGENDA ITEM:

Town Planner Whitten requested the Commission add under the BUSINESS MEETING, Discussion - Item 8:  53 Bridge Street.  The Commission concurred with the Agenda addition.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES/September 28, 2010:

MOTION: To APPROVE the Minutes of Public Hearing #1577 dated September 28, 2010 as written.

Devanney moved/Gowdy seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS:

Chairman Ouellette noted receipt of the following new Applications:

1.      Application of Leslie J. Hickey for a Temporary Liquor Permit for Wine and Beer Tasting event for Enfield Football, to be held on 11-20-2010 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 249 North Road, owned by Soucy Enterprises LLC.  [B-2 Zone; Map 8, Block 16, Lot 27].

2.      Application of Allied Community Services for Site Plan Approval for overflow parking at 6 Craftsman Road.  [M-1 Zone; Map 15, Block 19, Lot 12D].

LEGAL NOTICE:

The following Legal Notice, which appeared in the Journal Inquirer on Thursday, October 14, 2010, and Thursday, October 21, 2010, was read by Chairman Ouellette:

·       Application of Herb Holden Trucking, Inc., for renewal of a Special Use/Excavation Permit to allow earth products removal, and screening and crushing of products, on property located on the west side of Wapping Road, owned by Northern Capital Region Disposal Facility, Inc.,  [A-1 & M-1 Zones; Map 41, Block 65, Lot 31].

MOTION: To GO OUT OF ORDER and take the Application under NEW BUSINESS for Leslie J. Hickey – Temporary Liquor Permit for Wine and Beer Tasting event for Enfield Football first.

Gowdy moved/Devanney seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

NEW BUSINESS:  Leslie J. Hickey – Temporary Liquor Permit for Wine and Beer Tasting event for Enfield Football, to be held on 11/20/2010 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 249 North Road, owned by Soucy Enterprises LLC.  [B-2 Zone; Map 8, Block 16, Lot 27]:

Chairman Ouellette read the description of this Item of Business.  Appearing to discuss the Application was Leslie J. Hickey.

Mr. Hickey reported this would be the final wine tasting event this year.  This event will NOT include any wine tasting outside and will not involve installation of a tent.  The tasting will occur inside the Golden Gavel unit; tasting stations will ring the perimeter of the unit and people can congregate and taste the wine within the middle of the area.  

Commissioner Gowdy questioned the number of events held this year; Mr. Hickey replied this is the third.  Chairman Ouellette questioned the anticipated number of attendees; Mr. Hickey guesstimated 200 but noted this event has not been held before.  Commissioner Devanney questioned the occupancy for this unit; Mr. Hickey indicated he wasn’t sure but his unit has an occupancy of 350 and is a much smaller unit.  Town Planner Whitten noted the area of the Golden Gavel unit is huge; she indicated that this application would be reviewed by the Fire Marshal and the Building Inspector as well as this Commission.  Mr. Hickey reported they will hire a police officer for the event as they have done in the past.

Town Planner Whitten indicated she had no problems/concerns with the Application.  Commissioner Thurz noted there have NOT been any problems with previous events.

MOTION: To APPROVE the Application of Leslie J. Hickey for a Temporary Liquor Permit for Wine and Beer Tasting event for Enfield Football, to be held on 11/20/2010 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 249 North Road, owned by Soucy Enterprises LLC.  

Devanney moved/Gowdy seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous


NEW HEARING:  Herb Holden Trucking, Inc. – Renewal of a Special Use/Excavation Permit to allow earth products removal, and screening and crushing of products, on property located on the west side of Wapping Road, owned by Northern
Capital Region Disposal Facility Inc.  [A-1 & M-1 Zones; Map 41, Block 65, Lot 31]  (Deadline to close hearing 11/30/2010):

Chairman Ouellette read the Hearing description.  Appearing to discuss this Permit Extension was Jay Ussery, of J. R. Russo & Associates, Inc.  Also in attendance were Herb Holden, Sr., and Dennis Botticello.

Mr. Ussery submitted an Affidavit, and noted the Certificates of Mailings had been submitted to the Planning Office earlier.

Mr. Ussery referenced Sheet 2 of 7 which reflects all activity presently going on at the site.  Mr. Ussery recalled the original approval was granted in 2008, one renewal was requested/granted in 2009, and this is the second renewal request.  The site is located on the west side of Wapping Road south of the NORCAP property.  The site which is the subject of this Application is accessed via the NORCAP entrance, and continues back to the railroad line.  The excavation is proposed to occur in 4 phases; they are presently working within Phase I and are just beginning work in Phase II.  Processing and stockpiling of the material is occurring in Phase I.  Mr. Ussery noted the driveway entrance comes in from the northeast corner; they are accessing the driveway on the southerly side which brings them back into Phase II.  Town Engineer Norton’s memo suggests the access driveway should be brought back into Phase I.

It was noted that Town Planner Whitten had received a complaint a couple of months ago regarding the number of trucks going into and out of the site.  The number was high but it was because there was activity occurring at another site to the rear, however, people thought it was activity at the Holden pit.  The South Windsor Police were involved; upon review it was determined that material was coming in from another town.  Town Planner Whitten noted that when she and Zoning Enforcement Officer Newton visited the site if the type of material involved was reviewed it was evident it was not material from this site.  

Mr.Ussery suggested they have been submitting quarterly reports – some of which were memos – regarding the excavation activity, including spot elevations.  As they have begun excavation in Phase II they have also bonded that phase in an amount of $30 - $35,000.  Both Phase I and Phase II are presently fully funded.  Mr. Ussery reported he was not aware they were also required to submit reports regarding the status of the water quality of the monitoring wells.  Mr. Ussery took responsibility for that error; he noted there are monitoring wells at the edge of both Phase I and Phase II.  He recalled there was considerable discussion and considerable concern regarding the monitoring wells, especially one located on the other side of the railroad tracks and the direction of flow.  

Mr. Ussery indicated that information is available and will be submitted to the Planning Department.  

Mr. Ussery noted they must also maintain the phase limit lines – both horizontal and vertical.  Those stakes must be reinstalled as they are constantly knocked down during excavation.  Discussion followed regarding alternate options to delineate limit lines.  Chairman Ouellette recalled one of the Commission’s concerns was to avoid human error; Mr. Ussery felt the quarterly reports does a good job of monitoring the limits.

Mr. Ussery referenced Town Engineer Norton’s memo dated 9/30/2010, comment 1) which references the elevation of the infiltration basin.  He noted the stockpile referred to is 25’ so there isn’t a problem but Mr. Ussery will submit the plans again.  

Mr. Ussery also noted that a condition of approval required for the construction and planting of a berm at the front of the property before beginning Phase III.  The plantings include hemlock and arborvitaes; Staff has suggested they feel the plantings are sparse.  The Applicant will keep an eye on the growth of the plantings; they have not yet begun excavation of Phase III.  Town Planner Whitten concurred, noting additional plantings can be added as necessary.

Discussion returned to maintaining the horizontal and vertical excavation controls.  Chairman Ouellette questioned if another operator takes over the application does the application run with the land or the applicant?  Town Planner Whitten felt it would run with the applicant.  Discussion of identification options continued.  Mr. Ussery felt re-staking the elevation limits continued to be the best option.

Chairman Ouellette opened discussion to the audience; no one requested to speak.

It was agreed Staff will continue to review the quarterly reports on behalf of the Commission; any concerns would be brought to the Commission’s attention.

Chairman Ouellette queried the Commission on the length of the extension; he noted historically the extension length has been 1 year while 2 and 5 year extensions have been granted as well.  Mr. Ussery noted there is not a lot of material leaving the site due to the current economy; he requested at least a 2 year extension.  Commissioners agreed 2 to 3 years would be appropriate.

MOTION: To CLOSE the Public Hearing on the Application of Herb Holden Trucking, Inc. for a one Year Extension, to expire September 6, 2011, for Special Use/Excavation Permit to allow earth products removal, and screening and crushing of products, on property located on the west side of  Wapping Road, owned by  Northern Capital Region Disposal Facility, Inc. (NORCAP) .   A-1 & M-1 Zones. [Map 41, Block 65, Lot #31]   

Devanney moved/Gowdy seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

(Extension granted for THREE years; see following motion)

MOTION TO APPROVE the Application of Herb Holden Trucking, Inc. for a  THREE Year Extension, to expire September 6, 2013, for Special Use/Excavation Permit to allow earth products removal, and screening and crushing of products, on property located on the west side of  Wapping Road, owned by  Northern Capital Region Disposal Facility, Inc (NORCAP) .   A-1 & M-1 Zones. [Map 41, Block 65, Lot#31]   This approval is granted subject to conformance with the referenced plans and the following conditions:
Referenced Plans:

Cover Sheet– Proposed Gravel Excavation , Wapping Road, East Windsor, CT, Applicant Herb Holden Trucking, Inc; Owner Northern Capital Region Disposal Facility, Inc. prepared by Anchor Engineering Services, Inc, 41 Sequin Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033 860/633-8770, 860/633-5971 fax www.anchorengr.com, dated 9/17/10
Sheet 1/7       Pre-Excavation Site Conditions
Sheet 2/7       Current Site conditions Map
Sheet 3/7       Overall Site Plan
Sheet 4,5/7     Layout and Grading Plan,
Sheet 5/6       Erosion Control Notes
Sheet 6/6       Details


     Conditions that must be met prior to signing of mylars:

1.      The name and phone number of an individual for 24 hour emergency contact for erosion control problems must be noted on the plans.  Any changes in the
individual responsible for emergency contact must be reported immediately to the Planning and Zoning Department.

2.      The conditions of this approval shall be binding upon the applicant, land owners, and their successors and assigns.  A copy of this approval motion shall be filed in the land records prior to the signing of the final mylars.

Conditions that must be met prior to issuance of permits:

3.      A performance bond, with surety acceptable to the Town Attorney shall be provided by the applicant prior to the signing of the mylars.

4.      One set of final plans, with any required revisions incorporated on the sheets shall be submitted for signature of the commission.  The signed plans shall be filed in the Planning & Zoning Office by the applicant prior to issuance of any permits.


5.      In order to ensure the site is graded in accordance with the approved plan, vertical and horizontal control points shall be setup around the entire perimeter of the parcel.  Such control points shall be located as per approved plans.

6.      In addition, the applicant shall be required to provide the Zoning Enforcement Officer with as-built drawings six months after the issuance of the permit to demonstrate compliance with the approved grading plan, Any deviation from the approved plan shall be a violation and cause for revocation of the permit

7.      Each phase must be completed and stabilized prior to the commencement of a subsequent phase.

8.      Bonding shall be required for each phase.

9.      No phase may begin until the previous phase has been substantially completed except for the phase containing the reclamation plan as indicated on the referenced plans.

10.     Prior to the start of any new phase, the applicant shall submit evidence of conformance to the approved plans for the previous phases including a certified as-built survey showing finished grades.
        
11.     Re-approval must be requested at expiration, at such time an as-built will be required.

General Conditions:

12.     A zoning permit shall be obtained prior to the start of any work or new phase.  No zoning permit shall be issued until a cash or passbook bond for site restoration, erosion and sedimentation control has been submitted.  Such bond shall be good for the life of the permit/project.  Any funds that may be withdrawn by the Town for such maintenance shall be replaced within 5 days or this permit shall be rendered null and void.

13.     Operation of the gravel pit may include:

·       screening of excavated material pursuant to provisions of Section 9 and 9A.5.
·       crushing of rock and gravel mined on-site only with portable crushing apparatus and pursuant to provisions of Section 9 and 9A.5.

14.     Excavation shall not ever exceed the approved finished grade elevations.  Subsoil must remain native.


15.     The final grading shall conform to the proposed final grading as indicated on the referenced plans; but in no case shall any final slope be steeper than a rise to run ratio of 1:3, also known as a 33% slope.

16.     In the event that the operation ceases before all phases are completed, the remaining land shall be graded to leave no slope exceeding 33%.

17.     As each area or phase is graded to final contours, the ground shall be back covered with topsoil or loam to render it usable for growing agricultural products.  All areas will require a minimum of 6 inches of topsoil in accordance with the regulations.

18.     No trees, brush or stumps shall be buried on site.

19.     The driveway to the pit shall be maintained in a hard surfaced, paved condition from Wapping Road inward for a minimum distance of two hundred feet.  The driveway shall be cleaned regularly to minimize the dust nuisance created by exiting traffic.

20.     An oversized 300 foot gravel anti-tracking pad leading to the driveway shall be installed and maintained to further minimize dust nuisance.

21.     The gate across the driveway into the pit shall be maintained in good condition and kept closed and locked during all times when the pit is not in operation.  
“Private Property – No Trespassing” sign shall be maintained at the entrance to the pit facing outward toward Wapping  Road.

22.     The total number of loaded, or partially loaded, outgoing trucks from the pit shall not exceed an average of sixty (60) trucks per day or a maximum of three-hundred (300) trucks in any one week period, counting Monday through Friday.

23.     The pit shall not be opened or operated before 7:30 a.m. and shall not be opened or operated later than 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, Monday through Friday.

24.     The pit shall not be open or operated on weekends OR HOLIDAYS.

25.     Measures to minimize the dust nuisance from the site shall be provided by the applicant for review and approval of Town staff.  Additional measures are to be undertaken if required by staff if field conditions necessitate.

26.     The “Best Management Practices” outlined by the Hartford County Natural Resource Conservation Service shall be adhered to.

27.     The applicant shall adhere to all conditions of their Inland Wetlands Permit.


28.     The vegetation (trees) to be removed shall be accomplished in one step and the topsoil shall be stripped off and stockpiled immediately or a temporary vegetative cover implemented. Stockpiled soil shall remain on site for future reclamation of site.

29.     Finished grades may not be closer than 8’ 20’ to the water table, and must adhere to approved plans.

30.     There shall be no on-site maintenance of equipment unless it is a clear emergency.  Town staff shall be notified if such emergency exists.

31.     There shall be no bulky waste or debris disposal allowed on the site.  The operator of the pit shall provide adequate security measures to prevent unauthorized waste disposal.  Any unauthorized disposal shall be cleaned up and disposed of off site by the operator of the pit.

32.     The project shall be carried out in phases as shown on the plans.

33.     All trucks and equipment shall be parked off-street.

34.     Upon completion of the excavation, the land shall be cleared of all debris and a minimum of six (6) inches of topsoil shall be spread over any disturbed areas.

35.     Additional drainage and erosion control measures are to be installed as directed by town staff if field conditions necessitate.

36.     Any modifications to the proposed drainage for the site plan is subject to the approval of the town engineer.

37.     This project shall be executed and maintained in accordance with the approved plans and conditions.  Minor modifications to the approved plans which result in lesser impacts may be allowed subject to staff review and approval.

38.     By acceptance of this permit and conditions, the applicant and owner acknowledge the right of Town staff to periodically enter upon the subject property for the purpose of determining compliance with the terms of this approval.

39.     This approval shall expire three years plus 30 days (to allow for signing and filing of mylars) from the date of approval, or upon completion of the project, whichever occurs first.

40.     A double row of trees shall be planted along the roadway frontage before the start of phase 2.


41.     No trucks will travel on Plantation Road unless required for delivery in the local Plantation Road area.

42.     All existing gravel operations on the NORCAP property must be completed prior to start of this excavation project.

43.     Monitoring wells should be provided for each phase.

44.     Quarterly monitoring reports shall be submitted to the planning department for review

45.     Anti-tracking pad should be 300 feet long per Town Engineer.

Devanney moved/Gowdy seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

NEW BUSINESS:  Allied Community Services – Site Plan Approval for overflow parking at 6 Craftsman Road.  [M-1 Zone; Map 15, Block 19, Lot 12D].  (Deadline for decision 12/20/2010):

Chairman Ouellette read the description of this Item of Business.  Appearing to represent the Applicant was Arnold Bioldi, of L. P. Consultants, LLC, Enfield, CT.  

Mr. Bioldi reported the Application is for the construction of over-flow parking to the south of existing parking at the captioned site.  Current parking is adequate, except when they host special projects.  The current parking provides approximately 68 spaces; they would restripe the current parking area and add approximately 31 additional spaces.  The new parking area will be stone-dust in the beginning; if they find it’s being used more frequently than anticipated they will pave in the future.  The area has been analyzed for paving, and will be compacted for paving.    The total site contains 7 ½+/- acres; only half of the site is currently developed.  The site slopes steeply on one side and is bordered by the end of Craftsman Road and a wooded area.   Mr. Bioldi reported they will also be fixing a “leak-off” which is not currently working.

Commissioner Gowdy suggested the applicant is proposing approximately 50% expansion.  Chairman Ouellette noted the expanded parking area won’t be visible from the street.  Commissioner Farmer questioned if the amount of impervious coverage is within allowable limits? Town Planner Whitten noted 75% is allowed at this site; they are going from 18% to 24%.

Town Planner Whitten noted the plans have been reviewed by Town Engineer Norton.  

Chairman Ouellette questioned the 50’ easement shown on the plans.  Town Planner Whitten reported there are 50’ easements noted on the Land Records on all of the parcels located within the Industrial Park; the easements were required when the Industrial Park
was developed.  As there are 50’ easements on each side of the parcels the easements actually provide a 100’ green buffer between parcels.

Mr. Bioldi reported they will be installing 2 new shoebox lights on two new poles, which will be doubling the lighting at the site.  Allied works 5 days/week, with no evening shifts.  The Commission reviewed the proposed height of the new poles; Town Planner Whitten referenced an excerpt from Section 603.2 which indicates poles should not exceed 20’ in height.  While the Commission prefers a 15’ height they agreed with a 20’ height for this location to match existing poles (See Condition #14).  Chairman Ouellette noted this information will appear on the final mylars; if the Applicant finds the pole height isn’t adequate they can work with Staff on the revisions.

Town Planner Whitten suggested the current plans lack a proposal for landscaping on the islands; the parking islands currently installed at the site currently lack landscaping as well.  She suggested the proposed striped islands become landscaped islands.  Town Planner Whitten suggested landscaping be installed in the swale area when the additional light poles are installed as well (See Condition #15).  The Commission agreed the landscape additions can be approved by Staff as a field change.  

Town Planner Whitten also noted there is NO outlet in the swale currently, so it’s acting as a biofiltration swale.  She suggested plantings could be installed in that area as well.   The Commission agreed that suggestion could be reviewed as a Staff change as well.  

MOTION TO APPROVE the application of owner Allied Community Services for a site plan modification to add an additional parking area at 6 Craftsman Road. M-1 Zone  Map 15 Blk 19 Lot 012D. This approval is granted subject to conformance with
the referenced plans (as may be modified by the Conditions) and the following conditions:

Referenced Plans:

-       Overflow Parking Site Plan Prepared for Allied Community Resources at 6 Craftsman Road, East Windsor CT  prepared by L.P. Consultants, LLC 252 Hazard Avenue Enfield, CT 06082-4613 dated 8/5/10 scale 1” = 30’

Conditions which must be met prior to signing of mylars:

1.      All final plans submitted for signature shall require the seal and live signature of the appropriate professional(s) responsible for preparation of the plans.

2.      The conditions of this approval shall be binding upon the applicant, land owners, and their successors and assigns.  A copy of this approval motion shall be filed in the land records prior to the signing of the final plans.

Conditions which must be met prior to the issuance of any permits:

3.      One set of final mylars, with any required revisions incorporated on the sheets shall be submitted for signature of the Commission.  Mylar shall be filed in the Planning and Zoning Department.

4.      A cash (escrow) or passbook bond shall be submitted for sedimentation and erosion control maintenance and site restoration during the construction of the project.  Any funds that may be withdrawn by the Town for such maintenance or restoration shall be replaced within five (5) days or this permit shall be rendered null and void. The applicant's engineer shall submit an estimated cost of the E & S controls to the Town Engineer.  The amount of said bond shall be determined by the Town Engineer.

Conditions which must be met prior to certificates of compliance:

5.      Final grading and seeding shall be in place or a bond for the unfinished    work submitted.

6.      All public health and safety components of the project must be satisfactorily completed prior to occupancy. In cases where all public health and safety components have been completed, the Zoning Officer may issue a Certificate of Zoning Compliance provided a suitable bond is retained for any remaining site work.  

General Conditions:

7.      In accordance with Section 13.5.4 of the Zoning Regulations, any approval of a site plan application shall commence the construction of buildings within one year from the date of approval and complete all improvements within five years of the date of approval, otherwise the approval shall become null and void, unless an extension is granted by the Commission.

8.      A Zoning Permit shall be obtained prior to the commencement of any site work.

9.      This project shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with the filed plans.  Minor modifications to the approved plans that result in lesser impacts may be allowed subject to staff review and approval.

10.     Any modifications to the proposed drainage or grading for the site plan is subject to the approval of the town engineer.

11.     Additional erosion control measures are to be installed as directed by town staff if field conditions necessitate.

12.     By acceptance of this approval and conditions, the applicant, owner and/or their successors and assigns acknowledge the right of Town staff to periodically enter

upon the subject property for the purpose of determining compliance with the terms of this approval

13.     Any/All required landscaping shall be adequately maintained.

Additional Conditions:

14.     Twenty (20) foot maximum height light fixture with full cut off shall be installed as referenced under Section 603.2 of the Zoning Regulations.

15.     Landscaping shall be placed in swaled island and all areas designated as striped islands to be reviewed by Town Staff.

Devanney moved/Gowdy seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous

BUSINESS MEETING/(1) Route 140 Sewers:

Town Planner Whitten reported the Sewer Expansion for Route 140 passed at referendum.  She noted the USDA reported the Town’s submission, and USDA approval, was the fastest in this round of grants.  Town Planner Whitten reported the work that went into this initiative was due to the dedication of a lot of people, boards, and organizations.

Town Planner Whitten reported the Economic Development Commission (EDC) would like to come to the PZC’s next meeting to hold a joint EDC/PZC Meeting to discuss the development vision for Route 140.  While the EDC will be looking at uses that will provide jobs, etc. the PZC needs to provide their thoughts as to what they want the development to look like and the type of uses they envision.  Workshops will eventually be held with stakeholders/property owners as well.  Chairman Ouellette asked for a mini-agenda of focus points; Town Planner Whitten requested Commissioners provide her with suggestions as well re: uses, rezoning, possible inclusion of overlay zones, etc.   The Commission suggested the joint meeting be held as part of the next PZC Meeting.

BUSINESS MEETING/(2)  Incentive Housing Zone:

Town Planner Whitten reported the consultant is working on a Conceptual Plan; an update should be available within a couple of weeks.

BUSINESS MEETING/(8)  53 Bridge Street:

Town Planner Whitten introduced Brian Dano and his client who had requested to appear before the Commission to discuss renovation of the Masonic Temple building located at 53 Bridge Street.  Mr. Dano described the 3 story brick building constructed in 1850 which presently contains 3 apartments on the lower floors; his client would like to add a second apartment on the 2nd floor and 3 apartments on the 3rd floor, which is presently a

meeting room for which the most recent tenant was a church.  The building is served by city sewer and water, but is situated on a .4 acre parcel.  Preliminary discussions with Town Planner Whitten have found the following impediments:  1) 12 parking spaces would be required, the site lacks the necessary area for parking; 2) current access drive is 12’ to 14’ where 24’ would be required; 3) the limited access would impede emergency access; 4) parking in front would require a variance; 5) impervious coverage exceeds current regulations; 6) no current regulations for apartments; 7) development under the Multi-family Development District requires land area of  4 acres.

Town Planner Whitten noted the proposed development meets the requirements of the POD for Village Districts; such a proposal would meet the Residential Growth Plan if the proposal were for condos rather than apartments.  Town Planner Whitten reported she did a study of surrounding residential properties, many of which contain an average of 3 apartments.  The proposed density isn’t unusual for that area.

Town Planner Whitten noted that this structure predates zoning, and is a non-conforming use which is currently grandfathered.  Chairman Ouellette questioned if approval of this use would be expanding the non-conforming use?  Town Planner Whitten noted development under the Multi-Family Development District would require multiple waivers, and possible Zoning Board of Appeals variances.

Discussion determined parking for the church use was behind the library and the Maine Fish Market, neither of which is associated with the proposed property.

Commissioner Gowdy felt this proposed use would perpetuate apartments, which was a use the Commission is trying to limit.   Commissioner Thurz suggested the Building Department would require upgrading of electrical systems and compliance with current fire codes during renovation.  The Commission felt the proposal discussed would require approval of too many waivers.  It was noted the same waivers would apply to condos.

BUSINESS MEETING/(3)  Farm Regulations – tabled.

BUSINESS MEETING/(4)  Right to Farm Ordinance – tabled.

BUSINESS MEETING/(5)  Farm Setbacks – tabled.

BUSINESS MEETING/(6)  Correspondence:

Town Planner Whitten and Chairman Ouellette noted the Annual Town Report is due for submission in November.

BUSINESS MEETING/(7)  Staff Reports:

Chairman Ouellette requested the Agenda for the next meeting include the following:

·       Update on the status of sign violations
·       Vote on Temporary Sign Regulations Extension
·       Election of Officers

SIGNING OF MYLARS/PLANS; MOTIONS:       None.

ADJOURNMENT:

MOTION: To ADJOURN this Meeting at 9:12 P.M.

Devanney moved/Gowdy seconded/VOTE:  In Favor:  Unanimous



Respectfully submitted,

Peg Hoffman, Recording Secretary, East Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission
(4931)