With varied economic development as a goal, an engineering firm is proposing adding flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations by creating a zoning “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84. Solli Engineering, LLC, of Monroe is proposing the creation of the Exit 10 Commercial Design District (CDD) for land nearby that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning. The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has scheduled a public hearing on the zoning rule proposal for 7:30 pm, on Thursday, August 20, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The land affected by the proposal lies along both sides of Church Hill Road in the area between the eastbound lanes of I-84 and the Housatonic Railroad overpass. It also would affect land extending northward along the west side of Edmond Road.
While members of the local business community are voicing strong support for the construction of a condominium complex proposed for Sandy Hook Center, some Sandy Hook residents continue to urge that the developer significantly cut the number of dwellings proposed, although he has already scaled down the project. On August 6, the P&Z held a second lengthy public hearing on local builder/developer Michael Burton’s proposed River Walk at Sandy Hook Village multifamily housing complex.
Police have provided information concerning an unusual multiple-impact motor vehicle accident that occurred on the evening of Saturday, August 1, at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main in Botsford. Those accident details became available on August 7.
Following a demonstration by Newtown Police Department K-9 St Michael and his handlers, Chris Sferruzzo and other organizers of this year's 2015 Newtown Car Show and Kindness Dream Ride presented Officer Felicia Figol with a donation and plaque of appreciation. The car show, which had taken place Father’s Day weekend at Sand Hill Plaza, raised more than $43,000 in funds and food supplies. Most of the funds raised during the June event benefited FAITH Food Pantry, but a $1,000 donation had also been set aside for the Newtown Police Department canine unit.
A “Parent Partnership: Influence, Inspire, and Ignite Teaching and Learning” community forum has been set by the school district for Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm, in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
According to a release for the event, the one-hour community forum is designed for all kindergarten through twelfth grade parents, and will be interactive for those in attendance.
Discussion topics will include instruction, enrichment, assessment, safety, and personalized learning.
The Zoning Board of Appeals this week granted a local industrial firm two zoning variances which the company sought toward its goal of expanding its corrugated cardboard container factory located on the corner of Schoolhouse Hill Road and Edmond Road. ZBA members on August 5 unanimously approved Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC’s request for the zoning variances concerning the maximum percentage of lot coverage by structures, and also the minimum front-yard setback distance. The 18.74-acre property is located in a M-1 industrial zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road. The firm wants expand its factory from 127,500 square feet in floor area to 310,500 square feet.
Police report that relatively few vehicles passed through a sobriety checkpoint, which they held on the night of Friday, July 31, and early morning hours of Saturday, August 1, on Wasserman Way, near its intersection with Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills. Police checked about 350 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. No arrests were made.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr, have announced that major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices — except for licensing services — from Tuesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 15. The department’s offices will reopen for all transactions on Tuesday, August 18.