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03/06/12
MINUTES
MERIDEN ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
City Hall - Room #28
Public Hearing

Chairman Victor Matias called the public hearing to order at 6:35 p.m.  Mark Dupuis read the roll.  In attendance were:  Chairman Victor Matias, Mark Dupuis, Bruce Burchsted, James Flynn, Eileen Bongiovanni, Kelvin Pinckney and Arthur Peitler.  Also present was James M. Anderson, Development & Enforcement Officer.
Please see transcript for details of Public Hearings.  

Public Hearing was closed at 8:05 p.m.


MINUTES
MERIDEN ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
City Hall - Room #28
Regular Meeting

1.      CALL TO ORDER

2.      ROLL CALL:

Chairman Victor Matias called the regular meeting to order at 8:15 p.m.  Mark Dupuis read the roll.  In attendance were:  Chairman Victor Matias, Mark Dupuis, Bruce Burchsted, James Flynn, Eileen Bongiovanni, Kelvin Pinckney and Arthur Peitler.  Also present was James M. Anderson, Development & Enforcement Officer.

3.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Flynn’s motion to approve the minutes of the January 3, 2012 regular meeting and the January 18, 2012 special meeting was seconded by Mr. Burchsted and passed unanimously.

4.      OLD BUSINESS:  NONE

5.      NEW BUSINESS:

Appeal #4356 – Owner/Applicant Rafael Robles at 311 Center Street requesting a Variance of Section 213-55K to allow 12 parking spaces where 19 are required for a restaurant in a C-1 zone.

        

Mr. Flynn’s motion to approve a Variance of Section 213-55K to allow 12 parking spaces where 19 are required for a restaurant in a C-1 zone was seconded by Ms. Bongiovanni and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Bongiovanni)

The hardship for this Variance is the fact that there is no place on this lot to expand the parking area and the restaurant that is opening here is an existing restaurant at another location with no parking.  

        Appeal #4358 – Owner/Applicant Deborah Gaffney at 21 Daggett Drive requesting a Variance of Section 213-12B to reduce the front setback by 9 feet to enable an addition for the purpose of enlarging the kitchen to incorporate dining/family room space in an SR zone.

        Mr. Dupuis’ motion to approve a Variance of Section 213-12B to reduce the front setback by 9 feet to enable an addition for the purpose of enlarging the kitchen to incorporate dining/family room space in an SR zone was seconded by Mr. Pinckney and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Pinckney)

        The hardship for this Variance is the topography of the property.  The kitchen is located in the front of the house and this is the only logical place to add onto the kitchen.  A large hill in the back prohibits the extension out to the back.

        Appeal #4359 – Owner/Applicant Gary H. McMorran at 53 Bartlett Street requesting a Variance of Section 213-48G to allow a detached garage to be 20 feet in height where 15 feet is the maximum in an R-2 zone.

        Mr. Flynn’s motion to approve with conditions a Variance of Section 213-48G to allow a detached garage to be 20 feet in height where 15 feet is the maximum in an R-2 zone was seconded by Mr. Burchsted and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Peitler)  The conditions of approval are as follows:

        1.      This garage is not to be used as a residential unit.

The hardship for the Variance is the lot size and shape.  The applicant is an antique car collector who needs the height in this garage to accommodate two car lifts which are required to work on the antique cars.  There will not be a 2nd story and the garage will be in keeping with the neighboring properties.  The garage must have a mansard roof.

        Appeal #4360 – Owner/Applicant Joseph Barillaro at 173 Cheshire Road requesting a Special Exception per Section 213-15B (2) (f) to allow a home occupation of gunsmith business in an R-1 zone.

        Mr. Flynn’s motion to approve with conditions a Special Exception per Section 213-15B (2) (f) to allow a home occupation of a gunsmith business in an R-1 zone was



        seconded by Ms. Bongiovanni and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Bongiovanni)  The conditions of approval are as follows:

        1.      No business signs shall be displayed in this residential district.
2.      Commercial vehicles shall not be parked or stored in this residential district.

Appeal #4361 – Owner 82 Camp St, LLC/Applicant Delta Arsenal, LLC at 82 Camp Street requesting a Variance of Section 213-24B to allow the additional use of indoor shooting and archery range to an existing business in an M-3 zone.  (The public hearing was continued to the April meeting)

Appeal #4362 – Owner Rockfall Business Park/Applicant Automotive Core Recycling at 29 Cooper Street requesting a Special Exception per Section 213-24B (2) (d) and an Approval of Location per Section 14-67 (i) of the C.G.S. to allow the applicant to continue the existing business of a motor vehicle recycler/scrap yard in an M-3 zone.  (The public hearing was put off until the April meeting)

        Appeal #4363 – Owner Ulbrich Properties, LLC/Applicant New Life Church at 600-604 High Hill Road requesting a Special Exception per Section 213-13B (2) (a) to allow the operation of a place of worship and public assembly in an R-R zone.

        Mr. Burchsted’s motion to approve a Special Exception per Section 213-13B (2) (a) to allow the operation of a place of worship and public assembly in an R-R zone was seconded by Mr. Flynn and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Peitler)

        Appeal #4364 – Owner YMCA/Applicant Sisters Kitchen LLC at 50 Crown Street requesting a Variance of Section 213-20B (1) to operate a small part-time baking business in the established, commercial kitchen and to allow mixed use in an R-3 zone.

        Mr. Burchsted’s motion to approve a Variance of Section 213-20B (1) to operate a small part-time baking business in the established, commercial kitchen and to allow mixed use in an R-3 zone was seconded by Mr. Dupuis and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Peitler)

        Appeal #4365 – Owner Gail Greenberg/Applicant Adrianne J. Greenberg at 549 Bee Street requesting a Special Exception per Section 213-15B (2) (f) to allow a home business of artist, educator and author in an R-1 zone.

Mr. Dupuis’ motion to approve a Special Exception per Section 213-15B (2) (f) to allow a home business of artist, educator and author in an R-1 zone was seconded by Mr. Flynn and passed unanimously.  (Matias, Dupuis, Burchsted, Flynn, Bongiovanni)

6.      COMMUNICATIONS:  NONE   
        

7.      REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND STAFF:  

1.      A pre-argument conference regarding the auto auction on Murdock Avenue is to be held in Norwich on March 8, 2012.  Chairman Matias and Vice Chairman Feest will be attending.

8.      MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:  NONE  

9.      ADJOURNMENT:
        
Mr. Dupuis’ motion to adjourn was seconded by Mr. Flynn and passed unanimously.    

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

                                                        Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                                         
 


 
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