BCRD: We Do Not Work For Costco

by Diana Stricker | Mar 8, 2016 8:07 am | Comments (1)

File Photo The attorney representing Branford Citizens for Responsible Development (BCRD) is disputing claims made in Costco’s recently revised plans to build a new superstore off Exit 56. And he is asking for a little respect.

Attorney Keith Ainsworth, who represents BCRD, also says in a recent filing that it is time for Costco to change its attitude toward intervenors—that if a group co-operates with Costco (as the Branford Land Trust has) it is collaborative and rational, and if doesn’t it is “discredited as not being a team player.” He said it is not his role to be a Costco team player and pointed out that the BCRD does not work for Costco. He asked that the group’s presentations “be evaluated objectively.”

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“Put the Sound on a Nitrogen Diet”

by marcia chambers | Feb 29, 2016 6:52 pm

With Permission Curt Johnson, executive director of Save the Sound, showed a series of heart-breaking photographs at a recent lecture, photos documenting a massive die-off of fish and turtles last year on Long Island Sound, “not far from us,” he said.

With Permission Johnson spoke at the Blackstone Memorial Library last week to an audience of about 50 persons, who braved a rainy, windy night to attend his talk, which was sponsored by the Branford Land Trust.

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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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