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May 13, 2008
BOARD MEMBERS: Chairperson Neil Faiman; members Carol Roberts, Bob Spear and Jim Tuttle; alternate members Andy Hoar and John Jowders.
Faiman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m..
Minutes — April 8, 2008
|Motion||(Spear/Tuttle) To approve the 4/8/08 minutes as written. All were in favor.|
Faiman introduced the board members and said that since only four regular members were present he would appoint John Jowders to sit on the first case and Andy Hoar to sit on the second case.
Case #5/13/08–1 — Pep Direct, LLC (owner) and Pike Industries, Inc. (applicant)
Pep Direct, LLC (owner) and Pike Industries, Inc. (applicant) have applied for a variance to section 16.1(h) of the Wilton Zoning Ordinance, to permit the addition of an off-premises sign for Pike Industries to the existing sign for Pep Direct on Lot B – 110, 119 Stoney Brook Drive.
Hoar recused himself from the case and left the ZBA table. Faiman explained the rules for hearing cases.
Greg Gorman represented Pike Industries and explained that they would like to place a 36" x 46" sign in the space that is available directly under the Pep Direct sign, using the same structure. He said that his company has not had a sign on Route 31 in the five years that they have been in business. Photos of the proposed sign were presented.
|Motion||(Spear/Roberts) To close the hearing in order to deliberate. All were in favor.|
Board members felt that the size and location of the sign were good – not a visual distraction. They felt this was an unusual situation in that this is a large industrial facility that isn’t on Route 31 itself putting them in the position where it’s impossible for them to have a sign that will be seen by the public and still conform with the ordinance.
Board members wanted to know who signed the application from Pep Direct, since it was not readable. Mr. Gorman said that it was Stan Blackford.
|Motion||(Spear/Jowders) To approve the variance as presented to permit the addition of a 36" x 46" unlighted sign on the existing Pep Direct sign structure. All were in favor.|
Case #5/13/08–2 — Donald J. Slowik
Donald J. Slowik has applied for a special exception under the terms of section 11.4 of he Wilton Zoning Ordinance, to permit the construction of a driveway that will cross a wetland area in connection with a proposed subdivision of Lot B-31-3, 224 Pead Hill Road.
Hoar came back to the ZBA table. He sat on this case as a voting member and Jowders sat as an alternate. Faiman noted that since this request is for a wetland crossing, the ordinance requires two consecutive hearings before a decision can be made. He also noted that he is familiar with this case because it has been before the planning board a couple of times.
Carl Foley, with Meridian Land Services, represented Mr. Slowik and handed out photos of the proposed crossing site and a subdivision plan. He said Mr. Slowik has a 12 acre lot and he would like to create a 3-lot subdivision. The proposed wetland crossing will create 600 SF of impact to the wetlands. Mr. Foley then read the Supplement to Special Exception Application. (See file)
Board members asked about why the current channel area under the driveway that will be replaced by culverts was not part of the impact calculations. Mr. Foley did not know but said he could find out.
Spencer Brookes, with the Con Com, said that at the meeting last night with the wetland scientist from Meridian, two culverts were not discussed.
Board members discussed information that they would like from the applicant before making a decision:
- Explain the calculation of the impacted wetland area, specifically whether the existing farm crossing is included, with a justification if it is not.
- Provide construction detail for the proposed crossing.
- Provide alternative culvert options and the rationale for the chosen option.
- Flag the wetland impact areas, including rip rap placement, prior to the site walks.
- Two site walks scheduled: Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m. and Monday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m.
- After seeing the construction detail of the crossing proposal and visiting the site, the board may decide to send the application out for independent engineering review.
Board members discussed the fact that the applicant is saying that the culvert is needed because the fire chief said the current stone flow way would not support a fire truck, but there is nothing on paper from the chief. They suggested that the applicant get that request from the chief in writing.
|Motion||(Roberts/Spear) To continue the case to the June 10 meeting. All were in favor.|
|Motion||(Tuttle/Roberts) To adjourn the meeting. All were in favor.|
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Submitted by Diane Nilsson
Posted May 20, 2008