ZBA Rejects Controversial Shoreline Home

by Diana Stricker | Aug 17, 2016 1:30 pm | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo A Middletown man showed Branford’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) photos of the half-acre lot where he hoped to build a shoreline home, but the board denied his requests for variances, saying he knew when he bought the land last year it was not a buildable lot.

Diana Stricker Photo The ZBA voted unanimously to deny the variances after a two-hour public hearing Tuesday night that attracted about 50 people. The previous owner‘s request for variances was denied in January 2015.

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P&Z Approves 6 Month Moratorium on Oversized Duplexes

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2016 7:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo There will be a six month moratorium on new applications for duplexes and multi-family homes in R-1 zones, following a unanimous vote by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week.

Town Planner Harry Smith, pictured above, pointed out the R-1 zones which are located in areas of Branford Hills, the Town Center, and a small portion of lots off Brushy Plain Road.

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Pawson Neighbors Protest Housing Plan at P&Z Hearing

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2016 7:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo Pawson Road neighbors say it’s wrong to build multi-family homes, under the guise of affordable housing, on a half-acre property that is prone to coastal flooding. They also object to the owner’s alternate request to build a single- family home on the site, which has been deemed an unbuildable lot.

About 90 people crowded into the meeting room Thursday at the Canoe Brook Senior Center for a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. They applauded State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-Branford) when she said similar situations are happening elsewhere in the state and efforts are underway to enact legislation to clarify the state’s affordable housing act.

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P&Z and ZBA Face Different Plans for Same Waterview Property

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2016 12:17 pm

With Permission Branford’s regulatory boards have scheduled public hearings next week on proposals to build either a waterfront single family home or affordable housing units on Pawson Road, across the river from Branford Point and overlooking Branford Harbor.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission recently approved plans to expand an orthopedic center on North Main Street, and discussed bylaws for the commission.The met in the community room at Fire Headquarters.

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P&Z’s Full Plate: Housing, Playground, Laundry & Maybe a Meat Store

by Diana Stricker | May 11, 2016 7:35 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s first Incentive Housing moderate-income apartments are closer to reality as the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reviews plans submitted by developer Alex Vigliotti.

The proposal would allow two existing office buildings on Summit Place to be converted into a total of 35 apartments, including seven that would be designated for moderate-income. Vigliotti’s request for an Incentive Housing Overlay District (IHOD) was approved by P&Z in January, becoming the first area of town to have the new zoning designation. Now the specific plans are being reviewed.

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Arriving in Branford: Chipotle, Bluegrass and Cosgrove Court

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2016 10:31 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved four proposals Thursday—- two Cosgrove family subdivisions; a Chipotle restaurant; and musical entertainment at The Stand restaurant in Indian Neck.

Re-Subdividing Cosgrove Property

“This is a very straightforward application,” said Engineer Bob Criscuolo, of Criscuolo Engineering in Branford, as he presented plans to re-subdivide a 1.5 acre site at 19 Parish Farm Road. The property is owned by the legendary Dan Cosgrove, a master builder and a political force in Branford and in the state for decades.

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New Cosgrove Housing Complex on the Way

by Diana Stricker | Feb 23, 2016 12:00 pm

With Permission The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission will make a decision next week regarding a proposal for a 16-lot residential subdivision,  tentatively named Cosgrove Court, on a 10-acre cornfield owned by Dan Cosgrove’s family.

In other business last week, the P&Z approved two projects—a new crepe bakery in the Town Center; and additional parking at the Stony Creek Brewery. The commission is also reviewing a proposal to build a Chipotle Restaurant near the Starbucks on Route 1.

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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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Cosgrove and Sliney Families Seeking to Sell Land

by Diana Stricker | Feb 5, 2016 1:51 pm

Developer Alex Vigliotti is proposing to build a 16-lot residential subdivision on a 10-acre farmland site owned by the Dan Cosgrove family and located near the family compound.

The property at 99 Cherry Hill Road—previously a cornfield—is owned by Cornfield LLC, a corporation created by Susan Cosgrove Barnes, Daniel T. Cosgrove and Mark Cosgrove in September. Their father is the legendary Danny Cosgrove—one of Branford’s most famous political figures. The elder Cosgrove, 98, who was known as the Boss of Branford was the head of the 12th District Democratic Central Committee for more than 20 years. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove is the son of Daniel T. Cosgrove and the grandson of Danny Cosgrove.

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