Environment

Brews, Views and A New Plan of Conservation & Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 9, 2017 8:42 am

Diana Stricker Photo Brews, views and news about upcoming long-range planning projects were on the agenda of last week’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting.

A public hearing was held for expansion at the Thimble Island Brewery at 16 Business Park Drive, but no decision was reached. The commission unanimously approved — with conditions — a proposal by Solar City Corp. to put a solar display near the town-owned Ecology Park on Tabor Drive. And consultants were chosen for the Plan of Conservation of Development (POCD) and the Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) study. Public hearings on the planning projects could begin by early summer.

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BOS Appoints Two of Four Temporary Building Commission Members

by Diana Stricker | Mar 6, 2017 9:06 am

With Permission Two department heads have been appointed to serve as temporary members of the Public Building Commission to oversee the Community House/Senior Center project; and two seats are still open.

The Board of Selectman (BOS) unanimously appointed Dagmar Ridgway, director of the Canoe Brook Senior Center; and Alex Palluzzi, Jr., director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to serve on the commission.

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P&Z Acts on Subaru, Ecology Park and a Tiny Lot by the Sea

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2017 12:17 pm

With Permission A new Subaru dealership gets the green light, a developer using the state’s affordable housing statute to build on a small “unbuildable” lot does not (for the second time) and a solar panel system designed to sit atop scenic ecology park runs into “view” trouble and awaits further discussion.

These were the major actions taken at a Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting held earlier this month at Fire Headquarters.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 18, 2017 8:30 am

Temps in the 40s. How does that sound? Have we seen the last of the snow? Looks good for the next week or so. If you’ve been holding off on an outdoor excursion, now is the time. Explore Meigs Point and check out the eagles before they fly the coop. If you’re more the cozy-up type, take in a preview of Dvorak’s Rusalka and catch up on some classic literature by southern women. Revelers anticipating St. Patrick’s Day will have their day at Bar80, as will those who enjoy art and a brew or two.

Saturday, Feb. 18

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Costco Bags Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Feb 16, 2017 4:28 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Costco, the national warehouse retailer, has announced a “business decision” not to build a 158,000-square-foot store in Branford off Exit 56. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said in an interview with the Eagle yesterday he would work on finding the best strategy to increase the commercial tax base in town.

Cosgrove said he was a “little bit disappointed. It would have been a good project for the town.” He said Costco did not say why it had not resubmitted the application it withdrew last April after it became clear the Inland Wetlands Commission would turn down Costco on a number of grounds. The developer’s option to purchase the Costco property expires in March.

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 11, 2017 10:27 am

Thursday’s storm packed a pretty good wallop and what might be a lot more snow is expected over the next few days, beginning Sunday, so keep an eye to the sky. Hearty souls and eagle lovers can still take advantage of tours, talks, and exhibits – this is the best time of year do this. There are also other opportunities to learn about the wild side of the area, including Long Island. For those who prefer tamer activities, there’s music tonight and looking ahead, the best of craft beer! 

Saturday, Feb. 11

Transatlantic mix at Branford Folk

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P&Z Again Weighs Building on the Unbuildable

by Diana Stricker | Jan 24, 2017 8:56 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford residents and environmentalists say a proposed affordable housing project on a half-acre site that is prone to coastal flooding would be harmful to the environment and to low-income people who might live there.

“Affordable housing at this site is an environmental injustice. Is it fair to put people who are struggling financially in a flood plain?” asked Branford environmentalist Bill Horne.

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Solar Pause Button?

by marcia chambers | Jan 19, 2017 10:43 am

Harry Droz PhotoAre Connecticut’s farms and forests being paved over by avenues of solar panels?

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-102nd) and State Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-12th) are looking into that question. They have co-introduced a proposed Green Plan Law that is designed to figure out “best practices and rational approaches” to building grid-scale renewables and other energy infrastructure throughout the state.

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Shoreline Greenway Trail Approved

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2017 12:00 pm

With Permission The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) approved plans Thursday to extend the Shoreline Greenway Trail across the town-owned Tabor property.

“We’re hopeful to start work in late spring,” said Engineer Kent Gannon, of Stantec Inc. in New Haven. “We’re pushing an aggressive schedule,” said Gannon, who presented preliminary plans at a public information meeting in October.  He said the state wants to get the project moving since and federal and state funding is already in place.

The vote was unanimous. Four members of the 10-member IWC were absent, two regular members, John Rusatsky and Merle Berke-Schlessel; and two alternates, Sandra Kraus and Eric Rose.

 

 

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Independent Study Backs Land Trust in Medlyn Farm Dispute

by marcia chambers | Jan 3, 2017 8:40 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) today set the record straight when it comes to salt water flooding at the historic Medlyn Farm in Stony Creek.

Pete Raymond, president of the BLT, says it is time for members and friends of the Branford Land Trust to understand that the land trust’s removal of a cracked earthen berm near Jarvis Creek in 2012, did not prompt salt water flooding at the Medlyn farm. The land trust removed the berm after the state’s environmental agency and the federal Army Corps of Engineers approved the action.

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