PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION REGULAR ZOOM MEETING FEBRUARY 14, 2023
Present: Regular members Anna Timell, Keith Bodwell, Christine Gray, James
LaPorta, Stephen Saccardi, alternate members Bruce Bennet, Will Evans and Michelle
Shipp and LUA/ZEO Karen Griswold Nelson
Absent: Phill West.
Others present: Commission Planning Consultant Janell Mullen
Chairman Anna Timell called the meeting to order at 7:04PM with a quorum established.
Alternate member Michelle Shipp was seated for regular member Phill West.
REGULAR ZONING MEETING:
1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion made by Mr. Bodwell seconded by Mr. LaPorta to approve the January 10th, 2023
regular meeting minutes with amendments (typos) approved: approved Mrs. Timell and
Shipp, Ms. Gray, and Mr,’s Bodwell, LaPorta, Bennett and Saccardi. Mr. Evans abstained due
Motion made by Mr. Bodwell, seconded by Ms. Gray, to defer action on the January 30th
Planning meeting minutes; unanimously approved,
Motion made by Mr. Bodwell, seconded by Mr. LaPorta to add Zoning Applications as
listed to the agenda under Zoning Officer Report: unanimously approved.
Motion made by Mr. Bodwell, seconded by Mr. LaPorta to add March 12 correspondence
from Recreation commission chairperson Michelle Shipp entitled, “Goals from the
Community Section of the POCD that apply to Park and Rec Commission”: (constituting a
report to the P&Z for the January 30th Planning meeting); unanimously approved.
ZONING APPLICATIONS: None
2. PENDING APPLICATIONS. None.
3. STAFF REPORT
LUA/CZEO – Karen Griswold Nelson
ZP#1169 – Kathleen Husler applicant/owner – 14’ x 16’ addition to an existing
single-family residence for the installation of solar panels – 4 River Road South. HRC
and IWWA approvals pending)
ZP#1170 – Cynthia Foot/Hilltop Electric/ Stephen Saccardi – Installation of a
generator – School Street.
Enforcement Actions – KGN – None.
4. CORRESPONDENCE AND COMMUNICATIONS.
“Goals from the Community Section of the POCD that apply to Park and Rec Commission
“from Michelle Shipp, recreation commission chairperson was accepted and make part of
the record of the January 30th Planning meeting
5. OTHER BUSINESS PROPER TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION.
Note was made of information regarding a March 11, 2023 Zoom “2023 CT Land Use Law
for Municipal Land Use Agencies, Boards, Commissions” forwarded to the Commission,
Chairman Timell addressed discussion with Land Use staff regarding the event being made
available to all Land Use/P&Z/ZBA/IWWA commission members and the initiative by
chairman P&Z chairperson Timell to encourage all P&Z members to attend at least 2
sections and be willing to share information back to the Commission at large. Land Use
staff, chairman Timell and Janell Mullen were to be point persons.
6. PLANNING WORKSHOP MEETING – Workshop for commission members
A draft copy of the complete “final draft regulations” prepared by Janell Mullen, forwarded
electronically to the Commission prior to the meeting was made part of the record for
Prior to the start of the planned final review, Chairman Timell addressed plans to complete
and approve the final corrected draft of the “reformatted” regulations at the March 14
regular meeting in preparation for a March 21st Public Forum and a public hearing in April.
Ms., Mullen and Chairman Timell prefaced the discussion with methods of correcting typos
(directly to Ms. Mullen).
Chairman Timell stated that the planned forum was to be two parts, a 30-minute
presentation outlining the final document, the Zoning Regulations as re-written and reformatted, statutory language added and no changes to content followed by a discussion on
With note made that the majority of the regulations had been reviewed and that the
evening’s meeting was to address those few sections left, starting at Article X the floor was
opened to discussion,
Concerns were raised (Mr. Bennett) regarding revisiting several sections again with note
again made that changes to content were not part of the process and that the sections of
concern remained the original regulation text.
The Commission re-reviewed certain sections in addition to the final section as the main
topic of discussion with questions and comments with final agreement that another month
was needed to complete the review process with chairman Timell tasked with moving the
scheduled dates for the public forum and the public hearing.
Commission members were again tasked with typos etc. and to re-read the regulations for
final action at the March regulation meeting in order to close discussion and set a date for
the public hearing.
Motion made by Mr. LaPorta seconded by Ms. Gray, to adjourn at 9:04PM unanimously
Karen Griswold Nelson for Commission secretary Phill West