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P&Z Allows CL&P to Use the Stevenson Lumber Co. Property

The commission unanimously allowed the utility company to use the Route 111 property as a staging area with conditions.

As a storm knocked out power for many town residents on July 26, the Planning & Zoning Commission was approving the regulation amendment and special exception permit needed for Connecticut Light & Power to use the Stevenson Lumber Co. property as a staging area for a line improvement project. The utility expects to lease five acres at 1585 Monroe Turnpike for three years.

The power company wants to replace power transmission towers dating back to the 1940's with new monopoles as part of a line improvement plan going from the Stevenson section of Monroe to Watertown.

It will use two existing buildings and parking on the site and store transmission lines, insulators and other hardware in an operation involving 15 trucks, according to David Bjorklund of Spath-Bjorklund Associates, which was hired by the applicant.

Before a special permit could be decided upon, Regulation 12-1-RAA had to be amended to allow the use in a DB-2 District.

According to the meeting minutes:

The Commission decided that they would change the wording in the text to be more restrictive stating that what should be stored on the site should not be visible from the road and will be to the Commission’s liking.

The sentence in the regulation stating “No equipment or storage shall be visible from any public road or residential property and there shall be no refuse on visible site”, will be changed to, “Equipment vehicles and materials stored on site should be screened from public roads and residential properties to the satisfaction to the Planning and Zoning Commission and there should be no refuse visible on site”.

The commission approved the revised text amendment unanimously, 5-0.

Then Commissioner William Porter made a motion to approve the special permit application and it was seconded by Commissioner Karen Martin. The commission approved it unanimously with conditions.

jim laguardia August 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
to the satisfaction to (of) the Planning & Zoning Commission.... what the heck does that even mean??
Tman August 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
did the lumber company screen out their trucks and stacks of lumber ? did CL&P buy the property ?
Carl Kolchak August 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Good job. Common sense prevails!
Carl Kolchak August 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
It is sufficiently vague.
JoAnn Toth August 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
In the first paragraph it clearly states that CL&P will lease 5 acres. Hopefull if the power ever goes out again it will be a quicker fix in that area. We have always been last on the list of getting power back.
QWERTY August 06, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I'm impartial to this whole ordeal but Monroe shouldn't get their hopes up. I have a feeling this is exclusively for the line improvement project and will have zero impact on power restoration priorities when they arise.
Chris August 09, 2012 at 07:28 AM
I agree with Carl. I believe it allows P&Z to regularly inpect the site and make them keep it up/clean so it is not an eye sore with trash as old equipment is removed and placed on the site. As long as it is kept neat, I am for it. However, I do remain very UNoptimistic about out power restoration speed after a storm.

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