Planning and Zoning Commission News
By Elaine Jones
To gain a better some understanding of the wishes of community members regarding a proposed amendment to the Zoning Regulation for Section 3.12.5, Comprehensive Granby Center Zone Criteria, the Planning and Zoning Commission announced at its March 10 meeting that 17 Granby residents have volunteered to participate in a study committee. It will investigate the proposal to understand and anticipate the impact that the proposed changes might have on the center area. This amendment application was denied without prejudice by the commission on February 13, with the majority feeling there should be more discussion and more input from residents.
A motion to accept the slate was passed. Commission member Peggy Chapple agreed to chair the group and members Jim Sansone and Linda Spevacek also will participate. Volunteers included George Bickford, Tim Brignole, Tony Cappelli, Tracy Cavaciuti, Penny Gitberg, David Guarco, Mark Migliaccio, Nancy Ross, Jennifer Craver, and members of the current Development Commission—Ken Kuhl, Matt Garrett, Jim Caldwell, and Chairman Marty Schwager. Other participants are Jason Lachance who served on the recent Excavation Committee, Peggy Lareau serving on the Town Owned Land Committee, John Morgan, former member, and Joe O’Brien, serving on the Recreational Vehicles Committee.
The study will be in three parts: understanding the proposal, discussion of the merits and drawback, and the final wrap-up. Director of Community Development Fran Armentano will provide the overview.
At the March 10 meeting, an application was received from Lost Acres Vineyard, LLC , 80 Lost Acres Road, seeking to modify a previously approved Special Permit. This application will be heard at the next meeting on March 24 at 7 p.m.
Armentano reported that the owner of Han restaurant in the town center has purchased the Good Life Grill, previously the Old Oak Tavern. The new owner will continue to operate Han. A complete renovation of the building is planned with a building permit application to be heard soon. Conn Natural Gas has completed installation up to the Center, including the Town Hall.
A FEMA grant of $356,000 has been received to update the Granby Middle School as an emergency shelter.
Holcomb Farm received a grant to accomplish stone work on the fireplace and trusses along the ceiling. There will be an open house at the farm this year on Memorial Day and visitors can sign up for various events.