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REGULAR MEETING TOWN PLAN AND ZONING COMMISSION

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									REGULAR MEETING TOWN PLAN AND ZONING COMMISSION June 22, 2009 Present were Chairman Pogson, Commissioners Bagdigian, Brenneman, Beckert, LeBouthillier and Wallace and Alternate Commissioner Matava and the Town Planner and clerk. The meeting opened at 8:43 p.m. NEW BUSINESS 8-24 Referral – Cottage Street Sanford and Hawley discontinuance of a portion of Cottage Street. This matter was tabled. Sanford and Hawley – 179- Farmington Avenue, 25 Cottage Street, 25 West Avon Road Site plan approval for lumberyard and related office space and site improvements for property located at 1790 Farmington Avenue, 25 Cottage Street, 25 West Avon Road. This matter was tabled. Walpole Woodworkers – 1079 Farmington Avenue Modification of conditions of approval dated October 22, 1996 regarding outdoor displays for property located at 1079 Farmington Avenue. Lou Maglio, Walpole Woodworkers, told the members that they would like to place some furniture in the front yard for display to try to attract people to the store. He distributed photographs of the store on Farmington Avenue and of their Ridgefield, Connecticut store. Mr. Maglio said the Farmington store operated on a month-to-month basis now that their lease is up. Chairman Pogson stated they already had been approved to display specific product in the front yard. Mr. Maglio said they would like to display other products and that the display would be tastefully done. He then gave the members a proposed front yard display, which included a rustic swing, Adirondack chairs, two furniture groupings, a 10’ x 10’ pergola and one swing set. He also proposed removing a portion of the picket fence along the east side of the parking lot. Commissioner Beckert asked Mr. Maglio if he would consider having the outdoor display seasonally. Mr. Maglio said their season was March 15th through September 15th. Commissioner Brenneman expressed concern about developing retail space in the front yard. She asked the Town Planner if the new retail area would create an issue with the parking available on the site. The Town Planner responded it would depend whether the Commission considered the proposal and whether it would function as retail space or display area. Mr. Maglio said approximately half of their business was done over the phone with salesmen going to the customer and said his busiest day did not have more than 4 or 5 customers at a time. Chairman Pogson commented on the need for a front yard display area and said he was opposed to the fence being removed along the parking area.

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Commissioner Wallace said his concern was the display of the colored Adirondack chairs outside the fenced area. He suggested possibly allowing white chairs inside the fenced area. The members discussed product that was approved for display in 1996. Commissioner Beckert suggested restricting the type of product and placing a time limit on the display. Commissioners Wallace and Brenneman expressed concern with setting precedent of allowing outdoor displays. Mr. Maglio said the business has been in this location for 13 years and they keep their yard well landscaped. He further stated they would consider a seasonal display and coming back to the Commission in one year for review. Commissioner Bagdigian suggested changing the style of fence to make the items in the fenced area more visible. Chairman Pogson suggested changing the fencing along Farmington Avenue to a rail fence and allowing a couple of Adirondack chairs by the front door, a swing the side yard and pergola. Commissioner Matava expressed concern with the colored chairs displayed in the front yard. He suggested colored chairs and swing sets be displayed behind the building. Upon a motion made and seconded (Wallace/Brenneman) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the modification of conditions of approval dated October 22, 1996 for property located at 1079 Farmington Avenue to include the following: 1. Change picket fence along Farmington Avenue only to Manchester post and rail fence; 2. A 10’ x 10’ pergola may be displayed in front yard fenced area along the eastern fence line close to the existing arbor; 3. No more than 4 white Adirondack chairs displayed seasonally: two chairs by front entry door and two chairs under pergola; 4. Rustic swing in side yard; 5. No furniture groupings shall be displayed in front yard; 6. Swing sets shall not be displayed in the front yard; and 7. This modification shall be re-evaluated one year from the date of this approval. George’s Pizza and Restaurant – 9 School Street George Psaras said he was asking for approval to have acoustic music on the patio along School Street. He stated the music would be acoustic guitar and/or piano and possibly percussion (bongo drums). The music would be played on the patio between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. during happy hour and then moved inside. Commissioner Brenneman confirmed that the acoustic music would be provided seasonally on the patio. Mr. Psaras said yes. Commissioner Wallace asked if there would be singing provided as well. Mr. Psaras said yes. The singers would use microphones and the acoustic guitar would have a small amplifier. Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Wallace) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the proposal for acoustic music on the patio for property located at 9 School Street as presented with the condition that the outdoor music be limited to the 2

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hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the outdoor music shall be seasonal and this approval will be reviewed one year from the date of this approval. PUBLIC HEARING Mansour Development, Inc. – 23 Sherman Avenue Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Wallace) it was unanimously VOTED: To continue the hearing to July 13, 2009. The Avon Building Supply Company – 25 Cottage Street Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Wallace) it was unanimously VOTED: To continue the hearing to July 13, 2009. PLANNER’S REPORT Farmington Woods The Town Planner gave the members a letter dated June 1, 2009 from the Farmington Woods Master Association requesting approval to permit the construction of a 5’ x 6’ privacy wall dividing the back yard of 45 and 46 Crocus Lane. He then said the Commission has jurisdiction to review exterior changes to multi-family projects. When the Town Planner was given the request for the privacy wall he was not aware of an issue between the neighbors of 45 and 46 Crocus Lane concerning the placement of the wall. The letter presented stated the Farmington Woods Design Review Committee approved the privacy wall March 17, 2009. Members were also given a copy of a letter provided by each of the homeowners. Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Bagdigian) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the request to permit construction of a 5’ x 6’ privacy wall dividing the back yard of 45 and 46 Crocus Lane and approved by the Design Review Committee as presented in a letter dated June 1, 2009 from the Farmington Woods Master Association. Stoner-Caputo Enterprises, LLC – 67 Mountain Spring Road The Town Planner told the members he received a letter dated June 17, 2009 from Daniel Kleinman, Levy Droney, requesting an extension of time of 45 days to submit the required legal documents and record subdivision map for this subdivision. Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Wallace) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the 45 day extension of time as requested in a letter dated June 17, 2009 from Daniel Kleinman, Levy Droney PC for Stoner-Caputo Enterprises, LLC subdivision located at 67 Mountain Spring Road. 3

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Sanford & Hawley – Food Drive The Town Planner told the members that Sanford & Hawley would like approval to place a 2’ x 6’ banner on their building at 1790 Farmington Avenue for a food drive. Sanford & Hawley is working with Extreme Home Makeover regarding a project in Connecticut and would like to place the banner noticing the food drive for a two week period of time. Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Beckert) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the 2’ x 6’ banner for Sanford & Hawley as presented for property located at 1790 Farmington Avenue. Amy Jurich – 342 Colt Highway The Town Planner said his office received a request from Amy Jurich to operate a hotdog cart at 342 Colt Highway. The property already has a special permit for a hotdog cart. The members reviewed the letter of request and photographs of the proposed location of the cart. Upon a motion made and seconded (Beckert/LeBouthillier) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the request of Amy Jurich to operate hotdog cart at 342 Colt Highway as presented. This approval will need to be reissued on a yearly basis as before. Don Hammerberg Associates – 2 Westwoods Drive The Town Planner said the Tunxis Hose would like to add another sign to their site at 2 Westwoods Drive. The proposed detached sign would be in addition to the existing detached sign at the site. The proposed detached sign would be used for posting events. The sign panel was 4’ x 6’. The members reviewed photographs of the existing sign and a drawing of the proposed sign and location. Commissioner Brenneman commented the sign should be two-sided. Chairman Pogson said the sign should be located in the lawn area and not on the corner near the driveway. The Town Planner asked the members about the proposed color scheme of the sign. Commissioner Brenneman said the colors should match the existing sign colors. She also commented that she did not object to the ground lighting. Larson’s Garden Center – 999 Farmington Avenue The Town Planner told the members a number of evergreen trees were taken down on the property along the driveway without permission. He spoke to Mr. Larson about doing some replanting and Mr. Larson was agreeable. Commissioner Bagdigian commented that they were supposed to tag trees they were considering for removal. After some discussion it was the consensus of the members that they would visit the site to review the effect of the tree cutting before determining a recommendation for replanting.

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MINUTES Upon a motion made and seconded (Brenneman/Wallace) it was unanimously VOTED: To approve the minutes of the June 6, 2009 meeting. The meeting adjourned at 9:47 p.m. SJM

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