1. Call to order: Called to order by Chairman Simm at 6:15 pm. Commission members in attendance were Baldwin, Cole, Swenarton and Lyons. Bell, Herbst, and Dewire were absent. Town Planner Brynes was present.
2. Review of Town Developments and Proposals.
2a. PZ0640RA Town of Stonington – Zoning Regulation Amendment to Zoning Regulation Section (ZR) 8.4 Plan Requirements. This proposal consolidates the Industrial Heritage Reuse District (IHRD), Maritime Heritage District (MHD) and Neighborhood Development District (NDD) master plan submission requirements into one section of the regulations. Modifications to ZR 7.19 IHRD, 7.20 MHD and 7.21 NDD are also included. Town Planner Brynes explained how a master plan is part of the submission requirements for each zone and that this is consolidating language which adds requirements in some cases; none were taken away. MOTION: The Conservation Commission considers this to be a low priority item and that we should be spending our time on higher priority issues as stated in the Plan of Conservation and Development. This is not a priority (Swenarton, Cole). Passed unanimously.
2b. PZ0626RA Town of Stonington – Zoning Regulation (ZR) Amendment to Article VI to add Open Space Design Regulations, to delete ZR 6.6.1 Cluster Development and modification to ZR 1.2.2 Definitions to incorporate these changes. Subdivision Regulation (SR) Amendment to Sections 9 and 10 to remove clustering and replace with Open Space Design. Modification to SR 12 to include private drive provision for Open Space Design. Simm requested that Brynes point out the changes the Conservation Commission has suggested to the Planning and Zoning Commission at their hearing. No further changes were made by the Commission.
2c. Any pending applications and new preliminary proposals. None.
3. Open Space Committee
3a. Open space plan update – discussion on parcels for preservation. The bonding committee is meeting tonight. Herbst still would like names of nominees. It is uncertain whether a referendum may be allowed on election day (11/7/2006). A meeting of interested parties should be held one week before the referendum.
3b. Executive Session concerning preservation of Mystic property. MOTION: To go into executive session (Lyons, Swenarton). Passed unanimously. MOTION: To exit executive session (Cole, Swenarton). Passed unanimously. Town Planner Brynes departed at 8:05pm.
3c. Discussion on parcels for preservation in Pawcatuck – Ben. Not discussed at this time.
3d. Discussion of Walsh Property. Not discussed at this time.
4. Old Business
4a. Report on PZC Open Space Subcommittee. This committee has not met since May.
4b. Mystic River Dam Committee. To meet in August.
5. New Business
5a. Planning for global warming and sea level rise. The Peter Thacher papers or computer at the Woolworth Library should be searched for a report by Clark University on sea level rise implications for Stonington Borough.
Swenarton departed at 8:30pm.
Lyons reported that "American Beauties for the backyard" stickers on plants at nurseries indicate suitable native plants. Baldwin reported that Connecticut towns are being asked to commit to buying 20% of their electricity from environment-friendly generators ("SmartPower"). Fee in lieu of open space funds: $145,537.19 collected of $294,500 due.
6. Review of June 26, 2006 meeting minutes. MOTION: To approve the minutes as written (Lyons, Cole). Passed unanimously.
7. Motion to Adjourn (Swenarton). Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.
Respectfully submitted by
Ben Baldwin, Acting Secretary
Approved at a Regular Meeting on August 28, 2006