Environment

Branford Land Trust Analysis Prompts Revised Costco Plan

by marcia chambers | Feb 26, 2016 10:26 am

File Photo Costco has revised and resubmitted a voluminous set of plans after agreeing that the Branford Land Trust’s (BLT) engineering consultant had provided important information their own engineers had missed.

The latest set of Costco plans were delivered in boxes to the Inland Wetlands office at Town Hall late Wednesday. Costco wants to build a 150,000-square-foot warehouse at Exit 56, off I-95.  The next Costco public hearing before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) is scheduled for March 10. 

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The Sand Has Disappeared; Residents: Take a Survey

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 22, 2016 12:55 pm

File Photo Town Engineer Janice Plaziak is seeking information from Branford residents and businesses on their priorities for restoring services after a major storm. A detailed report examines the town’s vulnerable areas and offers solutions and adaptations.

Residents invited to a public information session and workshop this Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St.

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Clashing Views Emerge at Costco Public Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Feb 13, 2016 7:15 pm | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo Two intervening groups in the Costco proceedings met with radically different reactions from Costco’s team at a public hearing this past Thursday before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC).

The hearing concerned a proposal to build a Costco warehouse off Exit 56 at I-95.

Costco’s attorney said progress has been made in complying with requests for changes made by the Branford Land Trust, one of the interveners. But he strongly disputed a report by the consultant for the Branford Citizens for Responsible Development (BCRD) arguing that the project be scaled back.

Attorney Timothy Yolen, who represents the Branford Land Trust, said a private meeting was recently held with the Costco team to discuss the Land Trust’s 10-page list of recommendations. “The applicant has agreed to make many substantial modifications,” said Yolen, a partner at the Yolen & Perzin law firm in New Haven. 

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Reed Ready To Try Again On Solar

by marcia chambers | Feb 11, 2016 1:46 pm

With Permission Branford State Rep. Lonnie Reed is back in Hartford working on getting players to the table who might be able to resolve a sticky proposed pilot project: community based solar for renters of apartments and condos and those houses unable to install solar panels.

The holdup is the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) request for clarification from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on what the pilot project may do. According to a story in the CT. Mirror, DEEP will formulate a preliminary request for proposals only when it receives a ruling from PURA. 

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Cats On The Lookout For Human Kindness

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 10, 2016 9:12 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Ahead of the recent snowstorms, while we were busy running to the grocery store for milk and bread, filling our gas tanks, and checking the snowblower, a small army of volunteers was hard at work. They were tending to the needs of an oft-forgotten segment of the community – the homeless cats.

Sally E. Bahner Photo But homeless may be a bit of a misnomer. They do have a home though it’s not in a warm house with human companionship.

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Environmentalists Take Center Stage at Costco Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Feb 9, 2016 12:25 pm

Bill Horne Photo, Inland Wetlands File The Branford Land Trust and the Branford Citizens for Responsible Development (BCRD) will have an opportunity to present their environmental concerns as the Costco public hearing resumes Thursday at Fire Headquarters. 

Both groups have been granted intervener status, which allows them to present testimony and participate in the proceedings. Environmental experts submitted materials last week on behalf of both groups, each describing the impact of the proposed Costco and seven other commercial buildings on wetlands, streams and the Branford River.

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Costco Team Charts Wetlands Impact

by Diana Stricker | Jan 17, 2016 11:50 am

With Permission The question is: Can Costco’s 44-acre commercial development be built without adversely impacting the on-site wetlands and the downstream properties?

The first session of public hearings conducted by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) adjourned Thursday after about three hours. The Costco development team took most of that time to present their plans for the project, which include Costco and seven other commercial buildings at Exit 56. The team discussed wetlands and outlined a comprehensive stormwater management plan.

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Branford Land Trust Seeks Costco Intervention

by Diana Stricker | Jan 9, 2016 9:30 am

File Photo The Branford Land Trust has officially requested intervener status as the Costco commercial complex heads for a public hearing next Thursday before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC).

In addition, Costco’s development team responded Thursday to initial questions and comments by the peer review consultants who were commissioned by the IWC to review Costco’s proposals. 

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As Year Ends Branford Tackles A Dozen Development Projects

by Diana Stricker | Dec 30, 2015 9:55 am

File Photo Development is booming in Branford. Over the past year, commissions and boards have been active with a dozen major commercial, residential and industrial projects evolving from one end of town to the other. Public reaction to the potentially transformative projects has varied—several proposals have elicited support while others have sparked controversy.

Some residents say development will stimulate the economy and bring new tax dollars; but others fear a possible impact on Branford’s infrastructure, traffic and the environment. Two town projects, one centered on an intermediate school and the other a combined senior center-Community House expansion, could potentially cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Etta Launches Holiday Recycling Brigade

by marcia chambers | Dec 23, 2015 9:54 am

The holiday season’s brown bag brigade went to work with speed and determination last week. And in less than two hours 4,000 holiday recycling bags, all with newly attached green stickers, were prepared for town residents for Christmas Day holiday wrapping paper.

This is the third year the town is collecting brown paper bags, hopefully filled with holiday wrapping paper, gift boxes, tissue paper, and holiday cards. No non-paper products are allowed. This also means no plastic, foil or Mylar wrapping papers, bows, ribbons, Styrofoam, plastic or corrugated cardboard.

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