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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P&Z Honors Engineer Bob Criscuolo

by Diana Stricker | May 8, 2018 9:00 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission paid tribute Thursday to a local engineer who died last month after years of service to his community.

P&Z chair Chuck Andres opened Thursday’s meeting by honoring Bob Criscuolo (pictured), 61, founder of Criscuolo Engineering LLC in Branford,  for his work in countless projects over the decades.

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Rock Formation an Issue at North Main Commercial Site

by Diana Stricker | Apr 17, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (2)

A public hearing will continue Thursday regarding a proposal to build two retail stores on a vacant 14-acre lot next to Clancy’s Funeral Home on North Main Street. Town Planner Harry Smith (pictured) said one issue concerns cutting into steep rock formations. 

The hearing before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began April 5, and was continued so additional information can be provided, including reports about the proposed rock slopes.

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P&Z Raises Questions about Proposed Housing Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 23, 2018 8:51 am | Comments (3)

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Giordano family, who own Branford Building Supplies Inc., is considering the possibility of creating a residential Planned Development District (PDD) off Ark Road near the town-owned Tabor property.

The tentative proposal calls for 14 single-family homes on the site, which is off Ark Road at the end of Buckley Road, which is a private road.
The proposed PDD would include 9.46 acres, but only about 5.8 acres would be used for development because of tidal wetlands and other issues.

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P&Z Approves New Deadlines for PDD’s

by Diana Stricker | Mar 19, 2018 7:49 am

File Photo“It effectively resets the clock,” said Town Planner Harry Smith after the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve zoning regulation changes for Planned Development Districts (PDDs).

The time limit change was requested by developers Charles E. Weber Jr. and Al Secondino, whose property is part of the 44-acre PDD at Exit 56. The proposed commercial complex includes seven retail buildings and it also included Costco before the retailer withdrew in 2017.

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Residents Ask P&Z to Take Control of Deadlines for Exit 56 Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2018 5:47 pm

With PermissionResidents are frustrated by developers’ last-minute revisions for proposals to extend deadlines for Planned Development Districts (PDDs). Property owners at Exit 56 submitted their third revision for zoning regulations for PDDs like the 44-acre plan at Exit 56, which once included Costco.

Resident Lauren Brown said last-minute changes to the proposal make it difficult for residents to respond. “We as the public spend time researching and preparing our remarks and every time we come in, something new is here,” Brown said at Thursday’s public hearing.

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Will the Community House/Senior Center Be Delayed?

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 2, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission this week grappled with the possibility of a later completion of the Community House/Senior Center due to a delay in the fabrication and delivery of structural steel. It’s a delay that shines a light on the logistics of the town handling two major construction projects at one time.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoOne project centers on the $12.1 million Community Center and the other on the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.  The topic was raised at the most recent Building Commission meeting held at Fire Headquarters.

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