After a duly posted notice (at Town Office and the Post Office) on Wednesday morning, September 11, 2002, the Wilton Zoning Board of Adjustment met on Thursday, September 12, 2002. ZBA Chair Neil Faiman called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM. Present were ZBA Members Bob Spear, Carol Roberts and Joanna K. Eckstrom, and Alternate Member, Eric Fowler. Secretary Diane Nilsson took the minutes until 6:55 (when she had to leave for another meeting). Joanna Eckstrom took minutes for the remainder of the meeting.
Chairman Faiman noted that the purpose of this meeting was to decide upon the language for the Notice of Decision regarding case number 6/11/02–2, a variance request by Philip Tatro (Tatro Investments) and Talisman Properties LLC to Section 8.2.8 of the Zoning Ordinance.
This case was originally heard on June 11 and continued to July 16 at which the Board voted 3 – 2 to deny the request. At its August 13th meeting, the Board voted 4 – 1 to rehear the case based upon arguments set forth in their written request. A rehearing was held on September 10 at which time the Board voted 4 – 1 to deny the request for variance.
At the September 10th meeting, Chairman had provided a draft of the Notice of Decision for Board Members to review and comment upon at tonight’s meeting. Joanna Eckstrom, who voted in favor of the applicant’s request, cited several reasons for her objections to the Notice of Decision as written. Sections to which she objected or questioned are elaborated in her letter to the Board that accompanies these minutes.
Bob Spear expressed concerns about safety and setting a precedent, particularly if the ZBA allowed the curb cut, what would the impact on safety be five or ten years from now. Carol Roberts had similar concerns.
Eckstrom moved to amend the Notice of Decision consistent with the objections that she raised in her argument. There was no second.
Carol Roberts moved that the Board adopt the Notice of Decision as written; second by Bob Spear. Motion carried 4–1 with Joanna Eckstrom voting No based on the objections she had made.
There being no other business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 7:15.
Joanna K. Eckstrom
Member Wilton ZBA, Acting Secretary