Economic Development/Business

Change is Coming to Branford

by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)

File photoNow that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?

It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District. 

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P&Z Approves Longtime Proposals

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2018 7:42 am

Diana Stricker photoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved changes to the proposed Sterling Ridge housing plan Thursday, but only after the developers reached agreements with neighbors including the Branford Historical Society.

“They’ve done well, working with the neighbors,” said P&Z chair Chuck Andres (center).

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Restoring History with a Twist

by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2018 8:12 am

With PermissionA Branford doctor received unanimous approval Thursday to restore an 1850 vintage house in the Town Center and create new offices and a surgical suite.

In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed to postpone a public hearing for the proposed Sterling Ridge housing to give the developer a chance to meet with neighbors who are not happy with potential changes.

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Should the P&Z Regulate Rock Cuts?

by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2018 8:29 am

With PermissionIt appears a proposal to build two retail stores on North Main Street may be headed for approval, but a vote won’t be taken until July.  In other news, there will be a public hearing June 21 for the proposed Sterling Ridge apartments in the historic district across from the Canoe Brook Senior Center.

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) closed the hearing on the North Main retail project and discussed the issues at last week’s meeting. It appears the commissioners may vote to approve the project even though some expressed concerns. One of those concerns centers on major excavations of a rock knoll. 

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Court Asked to Reverse P&Z Denial of Parkside Redevelopment

by marcia chambers | Jun 11, 2018 7:28 am

File PhotoThe town’s Housing Authority and a developer hired to redevelop Parkside Village have asked a Superior Court judge to reverse a Planning & Zoning denial of the project, declaring a protest petition by neighbors does not apply to the Affordable Housing Act. And, they added, the town’s attorneys knew that or should have known that when they advocated on their behalf.

In January, the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project was defeated at a special Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting when one aspect of the proposal failed to gain a “super majority” vote. Although the P&Z voted 3-2 in favor of the Parkside project, one of the three applications — a zoning map change —did not get a super majority vote of 4-1. They said that meant the entire project failed.

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New Effort Underway to Complete I-95’s Exit 53

by Diana Stricker | Jun 5, 2018 8:17 am

Branford is looking at a new study with three alternate proposals to fix the incomplete interchange of I-95 at Exit 53.  Efforts have been ongoing since at least 1992 to address safety concerns and spur development.

The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) and engineers from BL Companies in Meriden presented information at a public session last week. About 17 people attended the meeting at the community room of Branford’s Fire Headquarters.

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Will Medicinal Pot Grow in Branford?

by Diana Stricker | May 21, 2018 2:11 pm

Diana Stricker PhotoProspective producers of medical marijuana are looking at Branford as a place to take root, and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission says those facilities are covered under existing zoning regulations.

In other business Thursday, the commission continued a public hearing on two proposed retail stores on North Main Street, and asked the developer to reduce the amount of excavation.

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