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ENFIELD PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
MAY 3, 2007
A Regular Meeting of the Enfield Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Thursday, May 3, 2007 in the Council Chambers, Enfield Town Hall, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, Connecticut. Vice Chairman Hickey called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m. following the Aquifer Protection Agency Meeting.
PRESENT: Anthony DiPace, Chairman (arrived at 7:55 p.m.)
James Hickey, Jr.
Kathleen Sarno, Alternate
Charles Ladd, Alternate
Nicles Lefakis, Alternate
ALSO PRESENT: Jose Giner, Director of Planning
Commissioner Ballard made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the Minutes of April 5, 2007. A correction was made that on page 14 and 15 Commissioner Sarno was not voting. The Minutes should read that Commissioners Ballard, Duren, Hickey and Alternates Ladd and Lefakis voted. Also, on page 9, a typographical error was corrected. The Minutes were approved by a 4 – 0 – 3 vote. Commissioners Cooper, Jones and Weseliza abstained. Commissioner Ladd voted in Chairman DiPace’s absence.
Commissioner Ballard made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the Minutes of April 19, 2007. The Minutes were approved by a 5 – 0 – 2 vote. Commissioners Jones and Weseliza abstained and Alternate Ladd voted.
a. Town Attorney
b. Zoning Enforcement Officer
Commissioner Weseliza brought up a letter in the packet to Mr. Dubish from Mr. Giner that states pretty much there is nothing that can be done for him. She questioned how big home businesses should be allowed to become. Mr. Giner stated the bobcat can be used for landscaping and to remove snow. The bobcat can be used for the landscaping business as long as it is kept in the garage according to the Zoning Enforcement Officer. The owner has a legitimate home occupation as a landscaper. He has a commercial vehicle which he keeps outside and a flat trailer. Mr. Giner stated if the Commission wants to regulate landscaping businesses more, the regulations can be changed or standards can be added. Ms. Weseliza stated at the end of the day it is still a residential neighborhood. She questioned how big we want these home businesses to become before they don’t belong in a neighborhood any more. Chairman DiPace stated such home occupations can presently have one employee. If there is a fleet of trucks, it is time to go to a business environment. Further discussion followed.
Commissioner Duren brought up the tree service on Roosevelt Boulevard with trucks on the property. Chairman DiPace stated there is also a home on North Maple Street where the whole front yard of the house is a parking lot for trucks. This use is located across from Johnny’s Market on the opposite side or right next to the fire access road near Ashmead Commons.
Chairman DiPace stated there was a gentleman running a trash hauling business on Town Farm Road. The Zoning Enforcement Officer issued him a cease and desist. Chairman DiPace asked which zone does this use belong. Mr. Giner stated an I-2 zone. Chairman DiPace stated the gentleman stopped to see him and he never came to Planning and Zoning. Chairman DiPace requested that he contact Mr. Giner to take a look to see where this use is permitted. Mr. Giner stated he would have to find a vacant I-2 property or an I-2 that can take another business or you find another nonconforming use that is worse than what you are trying to do and come in and change it and allow the use to go in there. Commissioner Sarno stated the use Chairman DiPace is referring to does a lot more than trash hauling. He does landscaping, he has a flat bed and he tows cars. Mr. Giner stated there is a section in I-1 that allows landscaping businesses by special permit. Chairman DiPace confirmed he can do his landscaping business in an I-1 zone. The gentleman rented one of the condos on Peerless Way. Chairman DiPace suggested he check with the Zoning Enforcement Officer regarding this business.
c. Director of Planning and Community Development
Mr. Giner asked for a final count on the land use academy. Commissioner Ladd was the only Commission member interested. The first class is next Thursday.
Mr. Giner stated the Commission members had asked about the Big Y sidewalk obstructions. Mr. Bickley cited the owner for storing carts on the sidewalk. A letter was received from the Manager of Big Y stating they will be reconfiguring the shopping cart setup to create a walkway in that area.
Mr. Giner stated the Commission had asked about the rusty camper and it has now been removed.
Mr. Giner reported that the sidewalks in front of American Inn have been cleaned up. Chairman DiPace stated the dirt is right up to the edge of the sidewalk and he questioned if there is a need for some silt fencing. Mr. Giner will follow up on this and recommend the owner install silt fencing.
Mr. Giner stated the Commission has some correspondence about the Stickley Furniture signs. Their representative had called the Town Attorney questioning why they needed to take them down. The Town Attorney advised looking into this policy. Right now the only place that it mentions it is in the definition of a sign. There is no specific prohibition about keeping the sign out. Mr. Giner stated these regulations are written to prevent off-premises advertising. If someone is legitimately trying to sell the business, it might look more blighted if they had the signs out of there. Mr. Giner stated there may be a need to rethink the present policy. The Town Attorney has recommended taking it out of the sign definition and putting it in the body of regulations stating that you have so much time after your business goes out of business to remove your sign. Chairman DiPace stated this used to be in the regulations until they were rewritten. He requested that Mr. Giner do a rough draft that states once a business is closed, they have sixty or ninety days to remove a sign.
Mr. Giner noted Commissioner Ladd had asked about a trailer on Oak Street. Mr. Bickley went out there and he did send a letter about the trailer which was not on the April 2006 aerials. The owner has said he will have the tenant remove the trailer.
Mr. Giner distributed the sign regulations for the overlay district. He noted that both Windsor and South Windsor have design districts. He stated the change to allow illuminated signs could be as simple as taking out the change he highlighted in the regulations. If the Commission would like more control, they can allow illuminated signs with Commission review.
Commissioner Weseliza asked if a business changes their sign, do they have to come in for a new permit. Mr. Giner stated they will have to come in for a new permit and the sign is grandfathered as long as it is within the same frame. Chairman DiPace stated the Commission can control height, size and location of signs. He noted signs are presently handled by staff.
Mr. Giner stated the Commission had asked about boulevards. He presented regulations concerning boulevards from the Town of Somers. He also took some pictures and presented those to the Commission. The way Somers does it is it is a public road but the island is maintained by the Homeowners Association. He stated this boulevard is located in Hall Hill Estates. Mr. Giner will put this item on the agenda for discussion on May 17, 2007.
Mr. Giner brought up the Coleman Brothers carnival May 16 through May 20. The Commission directed Mr. Giner to handle this administratively.
Commissioner Ladd had a question about kennel licenses. He was in the Town Clerk’s office and they are not sure what to do about them. He asked that Mr. Giner meet with them and explain the kennel ordinance. Mr. Giner stated there was a limit on the number of dogs that are considered accessory. If someone comes in for a kennel license, it is a state program that the Town Clerk issues for a certain number of dogs. Commissioner Ladd stated the person he talked to did not know about the number of dogs. Mr. Giner will make sure they know.
Margaret Jedziniak, Abbe Road, discussed her concerns about the amount of graffiti in the town.
Chairman DiPace reported receipt of a letter from Mr. Giner to Larry Tracey, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, a letter from Mr. Giner to Robert Socha regarding a concrete pad for Quebecor World Infinity Graphics, copies of cease and desist orders to Gale Toyota, Inc. and William Lia, a letter from Wayne Bickley to Carris Reels regarding 47 Oak Street, a thank you note from Susan and Paul Pearson regarding open porches, a summary of zoning, subdivision and POCD referrals from the Capitol Region Council of Governments, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Notice of Action dated April 17, 2007 and the Historic District Commission Notice of Action dated April 25, 2007.
Chairman DiPace reported receipt of a letter from Julie Fallon to the Commission withdrawing her application, correspondence on SPR#1376, Senior Aerospace building addition, a letter to Frank and Suzanne Dubish from Mr. Giner, a letter from Stickley Furniture dated May 2, 2007, an email from Kim Czapla regarding the Muslim cemetery in Enfield, and a memo from Neil Kulikauskas regarding Shaker Heights.
The Commission recessed at 8:30 p.m. and reconvened at 8:35 p.m.
Commissioner Duren made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Hickey, to take items out of order and consider item 12b., PH#2594 – Tim Fortune at this time. The motion was approved by a 7 – 0 – 0 vote.
PH#2594 – Tim Fortune Subdivision on Steele Road – Approval of final appraisal for fees-in-lieu-of open space.
Commissioner Duren made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the appraisal as presented to the Commission for Tim Fortune Subdivision on Steele Road, PH#2594. The motion was approved by a 7 – 0 – 0 vote.
PUBLIC HEARINGS – Continued from April 19, 2007 Meeting
a. PH#2598 – Petition for a zone change from Business Professional (BP) and Residential 44 (R-44) to Business Local (BL) and R-44 at 88 Hazard Avenue and 17 Middle Road, Map 56, Lots 9 and 11, Galaxy Development Group LLC, Applicant/Poway Associates and Clementine Harris, Mary Witson and Elizabeth Mobley, Owners.
Attorney Susan Hays appeared before the Commission and stated they are withdrawing their application. Her client is exercising his option to purchase most of the property and he wants to take some time to address the issues that were brought up by the neighborhood and reassess the development opportunities with respect to the property. Attorney Hays presented a letter of withdrawal to Mr. Giner for the file.
Chairman DiPace closed the public hearing.
Commissioner Duren made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Ballard, to accept the withdrawal of PH#2598 without prejudice. The motion was approved by a 7 – 0 – 0 vote.
PUBLIC HEARINGS - NEW
a. PH#2600 – Petition for zone change at 127 Pearl Street from Residential 33 R-33 to Thompsonville Village Center District at 127 Pearl Street, Map 22, Lot 9, Richard Binns, Applicant/Masonic Building Association, Owner. (Must close by 6/7)
Richard Binns appeared before the Commission regarding this application.
Chairman DiPace noted the applicant has done some other properties on High Street and the result was it looked like brand new housing.
Mr. Binns requested a zone change at 127 Pearl Street from R-33 to Thompsonville Village Center District. He discussed the proposed changes to the Masonic building. He would like to retain the architectural features on the inside and exterior of the building. The problem he has is that it is a 6,000 square foot building and right now it is R-33 which allows only four apartments. When you are trying to fill a 6,000 square foot building with four apartments and no other use, it becomes very difficult to make it financially work.
Mr. Binns stated his plan is to add apartments, have some office space on the first floor and then find a use for the big room. There is a room at the back of the building that is 2,000 square feet. Mr. Binns would like to find a use for this room that doesn’t destroy it. If the zone can be changed to Thompsonville Village Center District, it would give him the option to do more to the building. The building has lots of parking space and is a good building to work with provided they are not restricted to four apartments.
Commissioner Duren asked what the reaction from the Thompsonville Revitalization and Strategy Committee was. Mr. Giner stated he did refer this application to them. Anything that goes in here after a zone change would have to come back for additional approvals. The Commission has a memo from Revitalization and they said they needed additional information.
Commissioner Hickey asked if the Thompsonville Revitalization Committee would look at an application in an R-33 zone. Mr. Giner stated they would normally not review any applications in R-33. Mr. Giner noted the zone change was not a requirement before the ERSC but he did it as a courtesy.
Chairman DiPace stated if the zone change is approved, any changes would have to go before the ERSC. He also discussed the excellent track record Mr. Binns has and he referred to his High Street property.
Commissioner Duren stated he is a member of this organization. Commissioner Lefakis added he also is.
Mr. Binns stated he would like to get the apartments and office area working prior to addressing the large room.
Chairman DiPace opened this hearing to the audience. No one spoke in favor or against this application.
Mr. Giner stated the zone line for the Thompsonville Village zone ends just short of this property. Anything Mr. Binns does from now on would have to come back to the Commission with a referral to the ERSC.
Chairman DiPace closed this hearing.
Commissioner Weseliza made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cooper, to approve PH#2600, petition for a zone change at 127 Pearl Street from Residential-33 to Thompsonville Village Center District at 127 Pearl Street.
Commissioner Hickey stated this seems like a logical extension of the Thompsonville Village Center District and affords the opportunity to do some good things with this property.
The motion was approved by a 7 – 0 – 0 vote with an effective date of May 21, 2007.
b. PH#2602 – Special Use Permit to operate a small artist studio that will replace the existing permitted pet grooming shop at 390 Hazard Avenue, zoned HV33, Map 92, Lot 175, Danielle M. Chesley, Applicant/Lorina Buonanaducci, Owner. (Must close by 6/7).
Chairman DiPace closed this public hearing. Commissioner Hickey made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Ballard, to accept the withdrawal without prejudice of PH#2602. The motion was approved by a 7 – 0 – 0 vote.
a. Discussion on Somers Road/Shaker Heights Drainage Issues.
Mr. Giner stated there were two items produced since the last meeting. One was a report by SEA from Neil Kulikauskas. There was also a meeting the Town Manager convened yesterday morning with town staff to discuss Somers Road. Reference is made to a memo dated May 2, 2007 which summarizes the discussion at that meeting. Mr. Sperandio and Mr. Ladd, the developers, were also present at that meeting. Mr. Giner stated Jeff Bord, Town Engineer, and Neil Kulikauskas are present this evening to summarize their findings.
Jeff Bord appeared before the Commission along with Neil Kulikauskas who did an independent review of the Shaker Heights development plans and storm drainage calculations. The Commission has a copy of the Shaker Heights report dated April 27, 2007.
Neil Kulikauskas summarized what he did to compile this memo. He visited the site last Monday and again on Thursday. During the initial visit on Monday to the Shaker Heights development, he did an inspection of the detention pond, the outlet structure, the drainage structures, and got an overall sense of the phasing. He also inspected some of the erosion and sediment controls that were in place. He continued to inspect the properties along Somers Road and noted there was obvious evidence of some silt that had washed down from the development. What happened was there was clearly a washout at some point in the past and most likely there was a heavy rainstorm on April 15 and 16 and this is when the washout occurred. Mr. Kulikauskas stated the material on site is a very fine reddish material that is very easily transportable and very difficult to control if it becomes suspended in the runoff.
Mr. Kulikauskas stated at Shaker Heights there were controls in place at the time of his inspections. There was clearly evidence that some of these controls weren’t working. There was silt built up in the controls. The controls that were there were in good shape. He cannot confirm that at the time that the washout occurred that they were all in the shape he saw them a week later. Mr. Kaulikauskas stated what he thinks is the primary cause of this problem is there is a large area that was unprotected, not vegetated and exposed which would be difficult to control.
Mr. Kaulikauskas stated Somers Road is clearly a low lying area that has received drainage from this hill for a long time. There is evidence of the roadway shoulder eroding which is clear evidence of drainage issues in that area. There is a clear wetland to the east side of the road. The road creates sort of a damming effect for those properties. It doesn’t allow the water to go where it went prior to the road being built.
Mr. Kaulikauskas stated the two site visits and his significant observations are included in his memo to the Commission. He also reviewed the hydrologic and drainage analysis which is the storm water management report for the subdivision and if there were errors or omissions in that, that could have been the cause of the problem. He found no errors. They are cutting down the peak of the flows which is what every development design is really intended to do. There is an increase in volume from the development.
Chairman DiPace asked if it is normal to see a spreader placed so close to the property line. Mr. Kaulikauskas thought the spreader was the right design component for that property. Chairman DiPace stated because of the closeness of the spreader, it is going to flood out the abutting property. Mr. Kaulikauskas stated you would like to have more of a buffer but a level spreader, if it does its job correctly, will disperse that water to prevent erosion.
Chairman DiPace stated he did not see it creating a lot of erosion but what he did see was it literally running like a brook down the piece of property. He was out there during a rainstorm and the water did not have a chance to get absorbed by the ground. The water flowed clear down to the road. Chairman DiPace was shocked to see how close this spreader was. He asked how close it is to the property line. Mr. Bord stated it is approximately eighty to one hundred feet from the property line and he showed it on the plans. Chairman DiPace asked if anyone has gone out and verified that.
Mr. Giner stated it almost looks like the silt fence is right at the property line. Chairman DiPace stated the lot there is a building lot.
Mr. Kaulikauskas stated the way the design report reads, there was some flow reaching that lot to begin with. They designed it to try to match that and cut down the peaks. There were no errors in the way it was designed. The use of the level spreader there is very common and that distance would be very acceptable from the lot line.
Chairman DiPace noted what is happening with the road. Mr. Kaulikauskas stated there is going to be more water and it is going to last a little bit longer but the design of the storm water management system is meant to attenuate that peak flow in the first ten minutes of a storm. The basins will hold the water and release it over a longer period of time. What you would see is the wetness lasting for a longer period of time.
Chairman DiPace stated when he visited the site with Steve, it was the day after the storm and the water was still running. Mr. Kaulikauskas stated he cannot comment because he did not see it during the storm. He saw photos of it after the storm.
Chairman DiPace stated he thought this meeting was very productive with town staff. They have come up with some good solutions but this lot and the way this water runs down this lot in a good sized storm is rather excessive. He asked if this will subside once the design is done. Mr. Kaulikauskas stated the design has yet to be completed. When the design is completed, the roadway drainage will all drain to the basins. Right now, the roadway is not fully in place and the drainage system is really not receiving all the drainage. It is difficult to judge how it will perform long-term until it’s actually completed. He felt the developer could have taken steps in the interim to try to address what occurred a couple of weeks ago. Mr. Kaulikauskas felt the largest contributor to what happened was the large exposed area. The soil is clay or silt and less pervious than gravel or sand and more prone to runoff.
Chairman DiPace asked if there was anything that Mr. Kaulikauskas would have done differently regarding the abutting lot. Mr. Bord stated the developer doesn’t own that property. Chairman DiPace questioned how someone would use it for a building lot the way the water is running. Mr. Bord discussed building a house on that particular lot.
Commissioner Sarno noted they say they can correct some of the problems with this lot by the grading of it. Mr. Bord stated that is his opinion. If you look at the design plans, this is the lowest portion of the entire property. This is where all the water is going to run to. At the top of the hill, they had to run a water main in that they weren’t planning to do. It was only after they got Planning and Zoning approval that the utility companies talked to them and decided what needed to be done. After the approval, the water company said they wanted a twelve-inch water main running from their water tower all the way to Moody Road. To do that, the developer had to do a cut and fill operation where that road is and where the water main is going down to get the water main in. They weren’t planning to do that work in that area. The area in question is from the top of the hill of this development right down through the ridge of the development and it comes out on Moody Road where there is a trench cut across the road. It is a twelve-inch water main. Mr. Bord stated it was that size because there are some water pressure problems in the area. The developer was not planning to do this as part of the development. He was planning to do the cul de sac near the detention basin. When he had to put the water main in, he had to do the grading and filling to get the proper grade and get enough cover. When he did that, he also did the sanitary sewers, storm drainage and the base of the road to get the area ready. Late fall came and this is the exposed area that Mr. Kulikauskas made reference to. Mr. Bord stated once that road is paved, which the developer said he is going to be addressing in the next three weeks, and that water goes into those catch basins, that water will feed down into that upper detention basin. Right now that upper detention basin isn’t taking anything other than what lands in it. Once the road is paved, then the water is going into the catch basin and that should be an improvement. It will catch all the stuff from the high side of the lot. Right now it is just coming overland down the slope and getting through the woods. It is not making it into the detention basin. Once it is all paved and acting the way it was designed, then they can take a look at the outlet to see what’s coming out of there. Mr. Bord felt it should be an improvement. Once the grass is growing on the side slope which the developer said he is going to be taking care of in the next ten days, that will also be an improvement and prevent a lot of the runoff. Mr. Bord stated half of the site is going to go into the upper detention basin which is not really operating now. It is constructed and stabilized but it is not acting the way it was designed because the road isn’t draining into it right now.
Mr. Bord stated the Town Manager and Public Works Director at the meeting yesterday agreed the town should do something with the properties, the edge of the road and the drainage in front of 23 and 25 Somers Road. They directed Mr. Bord to put a plan together for a combination road side grass swale with pipe systems underneath the two driveways at 23 and 25 Somers Road. Mr. Bord went out today and took some elevations and drew up some of it today. It looks like they can get a half a percent slope down along the front of those properties with a swale that would be a foot and a half lower than the edge of road. It would be a gradual grass swale that would blend in with their front lawn approximately ten feet wide and one and a half feet deep. They would put fifteen-inch pipes underneath the driveways. It continues down to the south toward the Jackson Road area. The town has agreed to do that and the Town Manager directed the Public Works Director to arrange for the highway maintenance division to construct it once the plan is designed.
Mr. Bord stated the swale will be approximately a foot and a half off the edge of the road. It will give a three to one or a four to one slope. To the center, it will be approximately six feet off the edge of the road. The right of way line is eight and a half feet off the edge of the road. They would put in a grass swale and a portion of the swale would be in the grading of the front yards. It would drain down across the front yards just like 27 and 29 Somers Road do now. The Town Manager agreed the town should address this problem and they are looking for Mr. Bord to come up with a design. Mr. Bord stated they will have to go to Wetlands with the design to get their approval and then they are looking for the highway maintenance division to do something during the summer as far as constructing it.
Chairman DiPace asked if the town will go over this with the homeowners. Mr. Bord stated yes. He spoke to one of the property owners today. They will need to get grading rights on their front lawns of five to ten feet to get this grass swale in. Once that is done, the water is going to come through this empty lot, get to the edge of road, and go down a swale before it got to the edge of the road. Right now the water is building up from the edge of the road out to the center line and draining into the front yards.
Some discussion followed regarding pumping of water in the area from the homes.
In response to a question from Chairman DiPace, Mr. Bord stated this area ties into a drainage system that is on Jackson Road. The elevation in this area is 209 and when you get down to Jackson Road it’s approximately 204’ above sea level. It is flat through that area and there are some ponds and wetland areas. Where the water is going today in front of these lots, that is where it would still go once they are all done. It would just get it off the road and out of their front yards. Once it built up, it would go under the driveways in a pipe and come out down at 27 and 29 Somers Road and go where it’s going now. It is now coming off the road and there is a little paved runoff past that last driveway and it is going that way now. A grassed swale will help to filter out any sediment, sands and salts would get caught in that and it wouldn’t run right down the edge of road and come out down below. It would tend to filter out a little more. This is what the town has agreed to do.
Mr. Bord stated speaking with the developer regarding septic system problems in the area, the developer has agreed to allow the properties at 23 and 25 Somers Road to install a grinder pump system in their houses with a forced main pipe coming up to the first manhole in the Shaker Heights development close to their properties. There are sanitary sewers that are gravity flow to Moody Road and these people would be allowed to pump up to it by the developer. The developer has also agreed to core into the manhole and stick out a stub pipe out of the manhole so that the property owners would not have to do that. They would be able to tie right into the two-inch line with a connection without having to excavate the manhole.
Mr. Bord stated the developer will be finishing the roadway and directing the water into the detention basin and stabilizing the slopes. Mr. Bord noted everything he has asked the developer to do, he has done. The developer is present tonight if the Commission has any questions. Mr. Bord stated he will be working on the designs and they will talk to the property owners.
Commissioner Duren asked about follow-through after the recommendations are implemented. Mr. Kulikauskas stated all the recommendations he has given are all to be done during the construction phase of the development. There are no specific recommendations included for managing the system. Commissioner Duren stated it is also important for the people to know who are going to manage the homeowners association. Mr. Kulikauskas stated there would be some sort of management plan. Commissioner Duren was unsure if the Commission had seen the management plan for Shaker Heights.
Mr. Kulikauskas stated as an insurance, it is in the regulations. Phase II is the DEP’s storm water regulations and it covers that. It is a big issue regarding submitting the sets of plans with these basins.
Mr. Bord stated he would recommend come bond release time, it should be brought up at that time with the people that are going to be taking it over. Either have them at the bond release meeting or have some type of meeting to show the Commission’s concern. Another suggestion would be correspondence from the Town Planner regarding the homeowners’ responsibility for maintaining the storm water detention basins. It is private property so it is not a town issue at that point.
Mr. Giner stated there should be a schedule for maintenance. He will double check on this. The developers still control that and there is a requirement for them to do that.
Mr. Bord stated once all the bare soil has topsoil and grass there will be an improvement.
Chairman DiPace felt the swales will keep the water moving to get it into the detention basins. Mr. Bord stated that is the plan. When he gets the plan together, he will give Mr. Giner a copy.
Commissioner Duren asked about the time line for the improvements. Mr. Bord stated the developer wants to approach it so that it doesn’t continue on for him. The developer would like it done this year. Commissioner Duren asked how long the swale would take. Mr. Bord stated the town will take care of the swale and the job has already begun. As soon as the Town Manager declared it was a town issue, he takes over and decides how to fix it. Up until then, there was no direction to say that this swale problem is a town problem. Mr. Bord will design something to make the water go down hill. He will continue on it and go to Wetlands within a month with installation in the summer.
Commissioner Ladd asked if there is any plan for a regular storm drainage system for Somers Road. Mr. Bord stated Somers Road is a country road being converted to a connector road for other towns. The country roads utilize more of this road side swale type of drainage system. It’s called sheet flow runoff to something. If catch basins were installed, it is so shallow you would have no room to put the top on the structure. Mr. Bord stated if you pipe it across the road to the east side, this would be changing the watershed and they really don’t want to do that. They want to put the water where it’s going today. If they were to go to the other side, you could put an underground system in with flat topped catch basins. On a country road, you usually see the road up a little bit and the water draining off to roadside swales. Once these houses were built and pitched directly to the edge of road, it took away any place for the water to run off. With the town overlaying the road over the years and sediment building up on the side, it just built up over the years where it ponds all the way to the center line of the road.
Commissioner Ladd did not feel this road was going to continue to be a country road.
Mr. Bord stated there is nothing immediately on the books for Somers Road.
Chairman DiPace asked when this application came to the town, did anyone give any thought to the amount of water in this area. Mr. Bord stated there is always thought given to that. You look at the existing watershed and the proposed. If you look at the existing watershed, the water was going down there before.
Chairman DiPace stated there is water from that spreader running down toward the road and it has to go someplace. He asked if anyone thought about what they were going to create. Mr. Bord stated he doesn’t think that was thought of. The way the regulations are they are able to outlet the existing flow conditions out of that area but they have to throttle down the peak. The increased flow, which is the pavement and roof areas, has to be throttled down with the detention basin. Any development in town that you look at with any sort of detention system is designed under the same premise. The volume of runoff always increases whenever you pave anything.
Chairman DiPace stated when applicants come before the Commission, they are saying they are reducing the peak flow. There is an assumption that when they are reducing the peak flow, they are reducing what is going to run off here. But it doesn’t reduce the volume. It increases the volume. By increasing the volume, it creates more water than was existing prior to. Chairman DiPace stated perhaps the Commission needs to take a look at the regulations to see what impact this is going to have and try to have them design things that reduce the peak but also somehow reduce the volume. Mr. Bord stated when you have soil where you can put in infiltration systems and dry well systems, it is a good way to do it when you have a sandy soil and a low ground water table. But this type of soil doesn’t take any sort of seepage. Water runs off. So it’s not a good type of soil for infiltration. That’s why you need to do the detention basin.
Some discussion of the reddish soil followed with further explanation by Mr. Bord.
Commissioner Sarno asked how soon the people can see an improvement. Mr. Bord estimated it would take a month to get the plans done to submit to the Wetlands Commission for a permit. If they decided it needed a public hearing, the property owners would have to be notified by certified mail. Mr. Bord stated the developer is going to start his piece of it with the paving. Mr. Giner stated you can also do the item discussed about the bottom of the detention basin. Mr. Kulikauskas stated once the developer gets the pavement down, he’ll need to take that out because then the storm water system will be operating fully.
Chairman DiPace asked about the road paving. Mr. Bord stated the developer said three weeks. They are waiting for the area to dry out.
Mr. Bord stated he will periodically talk to the developer and see how things are going. In the meantime, they will keep the silt fence maintained. When there is another rain, there will still be silt material that is in the runoff until there is grass growing on the entire site. That is the way it was on the other side. The wetlands agent looked where all this brown water was going into the wetlands and he couldn’t find any sediment. It just soaked in or turned to dust because it is a fine material.
Chairman DiPace stated the concern is what damage is it going to do to the homes and the road. He is concerned that the road will be lost.
Mr. Bord stated the town overlaid the road at some time and the top layer is coming off. They did patch the edge and the downstream paved runoff in that area which should help somewhat. However, until you get that soil in there and the grass growing, it will be difficult. And then if they wanted to look into that pump up system to the Shaker Heights area, that would be a plus for the residents.
Commissioner Sarno asked if putting in the swales and the grass will make an improvement. Mr. Bord thought it would. It would get the water off the road and off the front yards into a road side swale.
Chairman DiPace stated it will move the water along at a controlled rate rather than what it is doing now. Now it is in the road and there is no control over it. What they are going to do is design something so they can control it and move it along.
Commissioner Sarno reiterated her question about how soon these people are going to see an improvement. Mr. Bord estimated three weeks to a month. Let them spread the topsoil, let them seed it. They will be doing the paving. Then you will be able to control the water a little better. If there were check dams needed in front of the catch basins along the side of the road, they could throttle some of the sediment coming down the road. As far as the town doing the swale in the front, the Public Works Director is talking about summer construction for this work.
Commissioner Sarno asked about the grinder pumps for the houses. Mr. Bord stated each house will need a pump. The Town Manager and the Public Works Director have instructed Neil to come up with a layout for that pump up system. Mr. Kulikauskas will be coming up with a system that these residents can utilize. Once that is done, Mr. Bord can contact the property owners and show them what has been designed. By that time Mr. Bord should also have something more on paper for the swale design.
Chairman DiPace asked if there is anything the developer wants to add. Mr. Bord stated the developer has cooperated fully with everything the town has asked for. Mr. Sperandio stated they agree with everything and it is a work in progress. They plan to start paving the lower road in the next ten days to two weeks. They will then work on the upper road which will take a little longer. Mr. Sperandio stated he gave Mr. Giner a letter giving a time line for their work.
Chairman DiPace summarized to the residents present that there will be seeding of the grass, putting in the first layer of pavement and the town is going to be working on drawing up a plan. They are going to put in some drainage swales and pipes under the driveways to move this water along and get it out from in front of the houses. Chairman DiPace opened this discussion to the area residents.
Joanne Divenero, 23 Somers Road, asked about the big mounds of dirt and if someone could put tarps on them to prevent this runoff. Chairman DiPace stated they are going to spread this topsoil and seed it.
Ms. Divenero stated Saturday there was a significant rain and the whole problem surfaced again. Chairman DiPace discussed the storm and stated the town is coming up with a solution. The town is going to design the drainage swale and the pipes under the driveways to get that water out from the front yards. The swales will be in the eight and a half feet the town owns and it will be a gradual swale. Ms. Divenero stated she has five huge trees and she feels they will be in the way. Mr. Bord noted some of the trees will have to come out. He will inform Ms. Divenero which ones have to come out once the plan is done. Ms. Divenero asked who will bear the expense and Mr. Bord responded the town.
Mr. Giner stated Mr. Kulikauskas is going to do the design for the town and then the property owners can be given the information. The property owners will be called and given the information as well as their obligations and what the developer is going to do.
Jack Sheridan, 7 Buchanan Road, has some concerns about the plan. He knows the property and he has known the Divenero’s for over forty years. There is a problem there right now on both sides of the street in the winter particularly when the snow plows come through. Any pipes and swales get plugged up. Right now the pipes that the Commission spoke about south of 23 and 25 Somers Road are blocked and then the water floods back on to 25 and on to 23. That system doesn’t work especially in the winter. Mr. Sheridan felt the solution needs to be under the ground because of this situation. This whole problem was created to the extent that it is by the subdivision and now you have the septic problems which they didn’t have before. There are all kinds of problems associated with the excess water. Mr. Sheridan stated now they are talking about more water is going to go into the upper detention pond and drain into the lower one. He noted it is already overflowing from the lower one. Mr. Sheridan stated that system was designed right in line with an open lot which is now flooded all the time. If they are going to put more water into the upper pond and then it’s going to drain into the lower pond, that will just make it worse. Mr. Sheridan stated the pumps are great and the developer is saying he will let them go into the pipe but at whose expense. How much does that cost? How many watts do those pumps take and do they need a generator? Mr. Sheridan noted all those things are a concern. The residents never had two feet of water in their cellars three times in the last two years. There are properties on Meacham Drive and Taylor Road that have water in their cellars. There’s definitely a huge amount of runoff that was not there before. Mr. Sheridan felt there are a lot of things that still have to be considered. He does not think an open swale is the answer. You’re talking about the water running over the driveways in the winter time.
Chairman DiPace stated the pipes will be under the driveway. Mr. Sheridan stated the snow packs into the pipes that are already there and freezes and then the water just backs up. Chairman DiPace stated they are talking a fifteen-inch pipe. Mr. Bord stated the pipes further down are twelve-inch pipes. Mr. Sheridan doesn’t see why a pipe below the surface of the ground can’t be run down between those lots because of the problem they have with the water table there and the wells. There’s a lot to be concerned about there. Chairman DiPace cited the need for a catch basin if this plan is followed. Mr. Sheridan stated in the past this has not been a problem. Chairman DiPace stated they always had a little bit of a problem with water on the side of the road. Mr. Sheridan stated not to the extent we’re talking about now. This is a river and it is huge. All these problems that are happening now with the septic systems weren’t there before.
Mr. Sheridan stated he spent a couple of hours today looking at the state and federal laws on water drainage and impeding on other people’s properties. People that do that are liable for the effect that it has on these houses. Mr. Sheridan thinks there is something more that has to be done and he is afraid of the band aid approach. He is afraid if you go through another cycle of winter and spring and rain, you will be right back where you are now. In his opinion, the present solution looks like it is a band aid.
Robert Mercier, 25 Somers Road, questioned why they are using his side of the street. He asked why doesn’t the engineer put the pipe on the other side of the road where there are no houses. Mr. Mercier noted prior to the development he never had any water coming down his street. He stated now they are going to put a swale in his front yard and dig up his new $8,000 driveway to put a pipe under it. He then has to live with a dip in his front yard. Mr. Mercier felt the better solution would be to pipe it across the street where there are all woods going right down to the brook.
Chairman DiPace stated the swale is not going to be across Mr. Mercier’s lot. It is town property that first eight and a half feet off the edge of the blacktop. They are building a swale and piping under the driveways to move the water along so it’s not sitting there. Mr. Mercier questioned where the water would go after it goes past his driveway. Chairman DiPace stated they are going to swale it all the way down so that it turns into that storm drainage on Jackson Road. Mr. Mercier stated where the brook is located is the town line.
Mr. Bord confirmed the drainage goes down to Jackson Road.
Mr. Mercier felt the water will go on to Tommy’s land after Chick Cybulski’s house.
Chairman DiPace stated they are going to design a plan. Mr. Mercier would like the same plan across the street where there are no houses. Chairman DiPace stated there was a little more involved going under the road versus the swale. Further discussion followed on the water pattern in the area.
Mr. Mercier stated the water will go as far as Chick Cybulski’s house where he has a pipe under the driveway. After that it is all woods. Chairman DiPace stated the grade of one half a percent is very minimal and will move the water. Mr. Mercier stated if the water didn’t come across the detention pond to the lot in the area, he wouldn’t have any water on his street. With a hard rain, the water never before came on his lawn. Mr. Mercier had a concern about digging up his new $8,000 driveway and patching it. He would just as soon they leave it the way it is and he will live with the problem. He was not in favor of the grass swale solution. Mr. Mercier stated he will make his own dam to stop the water.
Mary Leveille, 19 Somers Road, stated she has lived here for fifty-two years and there were no water problems with the lot at 21 Somers Road. Once the drainage ditch was dug, then the problem existed. She went up and looked at the drainage pond. She called Mr. Ladd and said to him that she was very concerned that her land was going to receive the drainage. The water goes right from the drainage ditch on to her land. If all that water is piped into that drainage ditch, it seems to her there have to be pipes draining the water out of the ditch and not design it so that it comes out on to their land. Ms. Leveille stated the plan before the Commission sounds to her like a Mickey Mouse solution. The solution is to fix the water coming out of the drainage ditch.
Maureen Griffin, Enfield Street, stated she grew up at 25 Somers Road. There was never a water problem like there is now. She felt it is wrong to put the burden on these homes for someone else’s profit. She noted the soil in the area that doesn’t absorb the water. Across the street is a swamp area and that always was there.
Chick Cybulski, 27 Somers Road, stated they never had water like this running constantly. The town’s own engineer stated the road acts as a dam. If you go south of his driveway about thirty or forty feet, he noticed cracks developing in the road because the excess water is ponding in that level ground. This is something new and should be checked out. In the southbound lane there are cracks running parallel with the southbound lane probably twenty to thirty feet long. The more water that goes into that land will mean that road is going to keep sinking.
Commissioner Duren asked Mr. Cybulski about the size of the pipe under his driveway. Mr. Cybulski stated it is a twelve-inch pipe.
Chairman DiPace asked if there is a way to look at an alternative of piping it under the road. Mr. Bord will look at that and present some options. He will go out and get additional elevations. Mr. Bord stated elevation wise it would work going to the other side of the road but he is worried about changing the watershed area. Ever since the road was put in, the water went to the south along that side of the road. And before the road was put in, it went gradually down the hill and to the other side. Over the years the town overlaid the road and the cracking that was just discussed is because they overlaid a road which underneath had cracks in it. It is probably from a poor sub base under the road being saturated and putting an overlay on a road and that dams it up even more because it is raised up.
Kathy DeSalvo, 20 Somers Road, stated she has not experienced water problems because of this. She is on the other side of the road. She is here to support her neighbors. She can see the damage that is happening to their property. She added if they are going to look at running the water under the road, that they do a better job of engineering it than they did on the first plan because she doesn’t want her home to start getting water too.
Commissioner Weseliza questioned what part of this problem was created by the town. She is confused why the town is stepping up. She asked if the developer created this problem or did the town. She asked what is the town’s responsibility in this and why is the town paying for it. Commissioner Ballard stated the town wants to help the people. Commissioner Weseliza questioned why doesn’t the developer want to help the people. Commissioner Duren stated he is and it is in the reports received.
John Capiello, 18 Somers Road, informed the Commission in 1997 Somers Road was re-graded from Moody Road to the Enfield/Somers line. It was brought right down to the base, re-graded and re-compacted. They put a binder coat on and then a top coat. There are no other layers. Down by Mercier’s it looks like multiple layers but that is because they used recycled asphalt and if you compact that tight enough, it will look like multiple layers. On the Taylor Road side of this project, there’s already grass and there’s no more silt runoff but the drain culvert on North Street is still plugged up and needs to be dredged out. There are also problems on Moody Road at the top of the hill. Mr. Capiello has seen a couple of sump pumps running for two days after the rain stopped. This was not an existing problem before the project had started.
Chairman DiPace asked if there is any way we can get some type of calculations to determine what kind of water flow we are going to be talking about once this is completed. Are we going to increase the volume even more so than what is currently going down? Mr. Kulikauskas stated that is all documented in the storm water management report that was submitted and reviewed and approved with the design. Mr. Bord stated unless you put in any more impervious area, you are not going to be increasing the flow any more. Chairman DiPace asked if once everything starts running into that first detention basin, are we going to see an increase from what we are currently seeing as far as volume. Mr. Kulikauskas stated it is hard to say for sure. Chairman DiPace asked that this be looked into and the Commission informed.
Chairman DiPace asked that this item be kept on the agenda to see what occurs between now and the next meeting in two weeks.
1. PH#2323 – Request for release of Landscape Bond in the amount of $4,200 for street trees for 7 frontage lots for Shaker Heights Subdivision – Taylor Road.
The Commission tabled this bond release pending receiving something in writing recommending release.
a. SPR#1398 – Application for remodel to existing Taco Bell store – complete facade renovation and no added square footage additions and no site alterations at 18 Hazard Avenue, zoned BR, Map 56, Lot 22, Taco Bell, Applicant/Equity One (Brookside) LLC, Owner.
Mark Chanitz of Arc Vision Architectural Consulting Firm appeared before the Commission representing Taco Bell for this application to remodel and refresh the existing store at 18 Hazard Avenue. He presented existing elevations to the Commission.
Mr. Chanitz stated the remodel is a terra cotta Spanish clay tile on an angled roof and it is a beige/gold stucco material. It is a true stucco on the exterior of the building. There aren’t any highlights. They would like to remodel and refresh this particular location. It would be more cosmetic than anything but from the client’s viewpoint, it does involve a capital expenditure that is significant. Some of the components to be addressed would be the complete removal of the store front including all windows and doors. There is one particular window on the south side, the drive through side, that would be completely eliminated. They are not eliminating the drive through. The drive through side would be toward Staples. All other windows would remain as they are today in size and dimension. The upgrade is primarily for energy efficiency and to address the wear and tear of the building.
Mr. Chanitz stated they would be removing the stucco on the exterior of the building and replacing it with a synthetic system with a wainscoat band that would be of cultured stone. They will remove the entire terra cotta roof and all the existing parapets. They would also remove the parapet extensions at the entrances and the drive through so there would be four of these existing engaged columns that are currently there with the parapet that would be completely removed from the building and rebuilt in a different style.
Mr. Chanitz stated on the interior there would be a refresh of all the furniture and fixtures in the dining room. The scope of work is from the counter into the dining room and replacing the counter itself. There will be new ceiling tile and new lights.
Chairman DiPace asked what are the gray items on the roof. Mr. Chanitz stated those are painted aluminum trellises. What the Commission thought were rooftop mechanicals, Mr. Chanitz pointed out are elements. They are a trellis, a metal box framed trellis that’s made of panels. Chairman DiPace stated he would rather see the roof line that is currently existing. Currently there are rooftop mechanicals and they will be removed. Mr. Chanitz stated the terra cotta roof will be brought straight up and squared off. Where the elements are further out in front of the building will be taller.
Chairman DiPace asked how many colors are on the building currently. Mr. Chanitz stated one color currently and the proposal is to go to a lot of colors. Chairman DiPace referred to Chi Chi’s past application. Chairman DiPace stated he is not happy with the renovation and would really like to see it stay the way it is. It is Taco Bell and not Barnum and Bailey.
Mr. Chanitz stated the landlord may have some issues with the colors. But he would think that the stone wainscoat in beige and orange to differentiate where the doors are would be necessary to be in line with their new building prototype. Mr. Chanitz asked if the Commission’s issue is with the banding at the top of the multiple colors. Commissioner Jones stated that is his problem along with the fake window.
Chairman DiPace suggested they redesign the building and come back before the Commission at their next meeting. Mr. Chanitz stated he is trying to find middle ground and he asked if it is all the multiple colors go away. Commission members were in agreement on this point. Commissioner Duren stated the plan is labeled bold choice and there must be other plans. Commissioner Cooper stated this style is southwest and really doesn’t fit the area. Commissioner Jones would like to see earth tone colors.
Chairman DiPace reiterated that he would rather have what Taco Bell currently has. It is presently a tasteful building. He suggested leaving the building the way it is now. He added that too many colors with the traffic on this road will be very distracting to motorists.
Mr. Chanitz stated if they pulled all the multiple color banding off it and left it with the two earth tone colors, the beige and the orange over the parapets, it would still be in keeping with the materials that are at the bottom band. He would get rid of everything else and present that.
Commissioner Jones asked for a color sample of the orange. Some discussion of the orange color followed. Commissioner Ballard did not feel amber wave was an acceptable color.
Commissioner Sarno asked if this is the prototype for all Taco Bells. Mr. Chanitz stated this is the new building they are currently producing or have produced for the last two years for new units.
Chairman DiPace stated he has seen other buildings in other areas that do not look like what is being presented.
Commissioner Sarno stated everyone is saying no to certain colors and she noted this is Taco Bell’s color scheme. She asked that the Commission give Mr. Chanitz a chance because this is the color scheme that they use. Chairman DiPace stated he would rather see some other alternatives. Commissioner Sarno did not feel that one person controls the colors. Chairman DiPace stated he prefers the architectural design of the present Taco Bell.
Mr. Giner asked if there are any Taco Bell’s with the new color scheme nearby. Mr. Chanitz stated he could present photographs to the Commission for the next meeting.
Mr. Chanitz stated the current seat count in this restaurant is sixty-six and it’s going to be going down to fifty-two. Because of one of the tower elements, if you look at the west elevation where it pulls away from the building, there are two options. One would be to pull that element away to make it more predominant as it is facing the ingress egress side of the shopping center. What that impacts is the handicapped parking in the front. The total occupancy drops to fifty-two and the parking drops by two spaces. Mr. Chanitz has a feeling that by ADA as soon as you pull that element out there, you are into the sidewalk. Mr. Giner stated this needs to be shown on the site plan. Mr. Chanitz opted to keep it exactly as it is in the configuration against the building and it would stay the same.
Mr. Chanitz stated he can submit an entire plan set. Chairman DiPace asked if Mr. Chanitz has met with Mr. Giner and he reported he has not. Chairman DiPace asked that he arrange that. Mr. Giner stated he anticipated only facade changes.
Mr. Chanitz asked about reconfiguring the dining room. Mr. Giner stated the interior changes do not matter as long as the seating is not being increased and they are not impacting anything on the site. The interior is handled by the Building Department.
Chairman DiPace stated his recommendation would be that Mr. Chanitz sit down with Mr. Giner and review this plan. He asked that Mr. Chanitz bring back something new showing the colors and it can be reviewed at the next meeting.
Commissioner Sarno left the meeting at 10:35 p.m.
b. SAN #1350 – Application for internally illuminated “Kia” and “Service” signs to match existing “ARTIOLI” sign at 809 Enfield Street, zoned BG (Overlay District), Map 29, Lot 72, 809 Enfield Street, LLC, Applicant/Owner.
Chairman DiPace stated the Commission talked about illuminating the signs when the applicant came in for the street lights across the street. At that time the consensus of the Commission was he already had the internally illuminated “Artioli” and give him the other signs to make it look correct.
Dana Steele and Robert Artioli appeared before the Commission regarding this application.
Commissioner Ladd asked about the service sign.
Mr. Steele stated the size of the service sign is twenty inches high by eight feet wide or 5.3 square feet. The Kia signs are 3’ x 5’ or fifteen square feet and they are oval shaped.
Chairman DiPace discussed what has been done to this building and the money spent to improve it. It was a mistake by staff as far as the internal illumination of “Artioli”. The consensus was to give them the “Kia” sign and the “service” sign.
Commissioner Jones questioned the size of the “service” sign. Mr. Steele stated it is a black background with white letters. He also noted that on certain nights this business is open until 8:00 p.m. Commissioner Ballard asked if the service light could be turned off when the business is closed.
Commissioner Hickey made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cooper, to approve SAN#1350, application for internally illuminated “Kia” and “Service” signs to match existing “ARTIOLI” sign at 809 Enfield Street, zoned BG. The motion was approved by a 7 – 0 – 0 vote.
a. Preliminary Discussion with a representative of Brinker International, the Developer for “On the Border.”
Kurt Overmyer, Senior Property Development Manager, and Donald Ukers, Senior Engineer at Dewberry, 59 Elm Street, New Haven, Connecticut, appeared before the Commission for a preliminary discussion of the development of an On the Border restaurant. They are proposing an On the Border restaurant on the undeveloped lot on Elm Street in front of Enfield Square. Some discussion on the precise location followed.
Chairman DiPace asked if it still meets the impervious requirements of Enfield Square. Mr. Ukers reported it does. Currently Brinker is considering adding islands, removing some of the impervious, and adding planted areas. That way Brinker will be reducing the impervious area by .1%.
Mr. Giner stated this is a permitted use and would require a site plan review. Tonight is just a preliminary discussion. They will also need a special use permit for serving alcohol.
Chairman DiPace cited the many colors proposed on the building. Commissioner Cooper stated it is another southwest style building and he questioned whether it fits in with the character of the existing neighborhood. Commissioner Jones felt the colors proposed are way too bright. Mr. Ukers stated this is a new prototype they have done and he presented a color board showing the colors. He also presented photographs of an actual building. There are existing restaurants in Rocky Hill and in Orange, Connecticut.
Some review of the colors followed.
Chairman DiPace asked if the applicant has traffic counts for what is in front of the proposed restaurant. He noted it is really high and he cited the distraction of all these colors so close to the road. The Commission has worked very hard to tone down colors and he would like to see something toned down a little more. Chairman DiPace would also like to see a picture of the restaurant in West Springfield.
Commissioner Duren asked Mr. Giner about the signs since there seem to be an over abundance of signs. Mr. Giner has not reviewed the signage in terms of whether they would meet the regulations. Commissioner Jones would prefer a monument sign rather than the proposed freestanding sign in a lollipop shape. Regarding the signage, Mr. Overmyer stated this is their full sign program for this prototype. They would do a site specific sign package with the application.
Chairman DiPace reviewed the colors proposed and noted the royal blue is purple. He noted Enfield is not south of the border. The proposal is very colorful and Chairman DiPace did not recommend this for Enfield. He would like to see the colors toned down to avoid accidents on that road.
Some discussion on traffic followed. Chairman DiPace stated they cannot have a driveway right in the middle of the intersection. Some discussion followed regarding the placement of the building in order to improve traffic flow. The suggestion was made to try to come out the side of the driveway because of the traffic in the area.
c. Applications to be Received/ Set Public Hearing Dates
The following applications were received by the Commission:
PH #2348.02 – Application for a modification of the Town Green World War II Memorial Plan to include six flag poles around the west side of the monument courtyard at 820 Enfield Street, Zoned TVCZ, Map 26, Lot 15, Geoffrey McAlmond (representing the town), Applicant/ Owner.
The Commission directed Mr. Giner to handle PH#2348.02 administratively.
SPR #1399 - Application for a 10x18 ft. storage shed for storage of police and canine training equipment at 293 Elm Street, Zoned I-1, Map 75, Lot 103, Town of Enfield Applicant/Owner (requesting Administrative Approval).
SPR #1400 – Application to allow temporary landing and take off of helicopters as part of the 4th of July Town Celebration (7/6 & 7/7/07 at Higgins School Ball field, Town of Enfield Applicant/Owner (Administrative Approval Requested).
SPR #1401 – Application for construction of a 9,360 sq. ft. warehouse building with loading docks, parking spaces and associated drainage, sewer and utility services at 7 Anngina Drive, Zoned I-1, Map 82, Lot 56, Katherine & Robie P. Staples, Jr., Applicant/ Owners.
Commissioner Weseliza made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Jones, to adjourn. Following a unanimous vote, the Commission adjourned at 11:00 p.m.
Charles Duren, Secretary
Enfield Planning and Zoning Commission