P&Z Scrutinizes Details and Big-Picture Plans

by Diana Stricker | Nov 4, 2018 8:55 pm

Branford GISThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began its review of site plans for the long-proposed Sterling Ridge housing complex in the town’s historic district. The commission also set a date for a public hearing for the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, the commissioners discussed concerns about a tree that was removed from a construction site at 250 N. Main St.; and they denied a request for an interior residential lot on Damascus Road.

They also appointed a new zoning enforcement officer.

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Sea Level Rise Issues: “Extensive and Expensive”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 7, 2018 6:54 pm | Comments (1)

Photo by Diana StrickerAfter four nor’easters in March and a summer of record rainstorms, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began its review of the proposed Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), which addresses climate change and sea level rise among its top issues.

Consultant Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics (above) is overseeing the POCD updating process.

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Cool Events This Week, Here and Beyond

by Sally Bahner | Sep 21, 2018 8:06 am

Fall has officially arrived and there is a virtual cornucopia of events to herald its arrival. Just within the stretch from Guilford – the Guilford Fair – to East Haven – Trolley Museum – there’s a bumper crop as plentiful as the pumpkins at Bishop’s! Paddle your own canoe (or kayak), ride the Super Hero trolley, pedal your bike, or party at the pond. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

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What is Your Vision for Branford?

by Diana Stricker | Jun 12, 2018 9:22 am

File PhotoAnyone wanting to help shape the town’s destiny over the next 10 years may attend a meeting this Wednesday to discuss a proposed draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). One of the top issues is coastal vulnerability.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed draft will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. The meeting is an opportunity for residents and business owners to make comments and ask questions.

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Harbor Bridge Replacement Begins May 14

by Staff | May 3, 2018 8:30 am

File  PhotoThe Harbor Street Bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced starting on Monday, May 14, with completion expected by Sept. 10. As a result, it will take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point. The Harbor Street Bridge, built in 1940, spans Mill Creek where it flows into the Branford River.

During construction, the road will be closed to traffic, which will detour by way of Maple Street, Short Beach Road and Stannard Avenue. The project was first outlined two years ago, in April 2016.  At that time construction was supposed to take place between April 2017 and end in the fall. Click here to read our earlier story. .

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BLT Celebrates 50 Years of Land Preservation

by Diana Stricker | May 2, 2018 8:05 am

Bill Horne PhotoIt’s been a busy year for the Branford Land Trust (BLT) as they continue to focus on their 50th anniversary. One unwanted gift was the number of trees felled on trust property due to the four March nor’easters.

“Those were the some of the biggest events we’ve had for knocking down trees in a decade,” said board president Peter Raymond at the annual meeting last week. Raymond said thanks to BLT volunteers, the trees and branches have been safely cleared.

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Ducks to Reside on Unbuildable River Lot

by Diana Stricker | Apr 21, 2018 8:31 am | Comments (1)

Ducks and other wildlife are apparently the only ones who can make their homes on an “unbuildable” lot along the Branford River. A settlement has been reached between the neighbors and the property owner, who filed lawsuits when his attempts to build on the half-acre lot were denied by town boards.

Patricia and Stephen Small (pictured below), who have fought development on the adjacent lot for more than two years, attended a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting Thursday night when a unanimous vote was taken in support of the settlement.

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RTM Approves New Indian Neck Firehouse

by marcia chambers | Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am | Comments (3)

With PermissionIn a unanimous bi-partisan vote the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has approved construction of a new $1.5 million firehouse in Indian Neck to replace the old Company 9 firehouse, now 92 years old and in need of expansion.

With PermissionThe current two-story firehouse, which is about 2,000 square feet, will be demolished soon. Construction is expected to begin in mid-June and be completed by year’s end.

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