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IWC Approves Commerce Road Self-Storage Facility



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Newtown Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) voted on a proposed self-storage facility during its meeting at Newtown Municipal Center on July 27.

IWC members present were chair Sharon Salling, Craig Ferris, Mike McCabe, Suzanne Guidera, and Scott Jackson, as well as the town’s Senior Land Use Enforcement Officer Steve Maguire.

IW Application #21‐16 by 19 Commerce Road, LLC, is for a property located at 19 Commerce Road, to construct a self-storage facility with five buildings and 37,000+ square feet of regulated activity including grading, filling, and construction.

At the IWC’s previous meetings, on July 13 and June 22, the applicant’s representative was Engineer Larry Edwards, of J. Edwards & Associates LLC. He presented plans to the commission for the roughly 5.6 acre property.

After much discussion, the commission closed the public hearing at the end of the last meeting.

On July 27, Salling inquired if any members of the commission or town staff had any comments or questions regarding the application.

She noted that since they last met the applicant had submitted additional documents.

Maguire voiced, “We reviewed everything and what we discussed is on the plans, so I have no further questions.”

They then segued into a vote to approve the application, and all were in favor.

The Wednesday, August 10, IWC meeting has already been cancelled, according to the town website.

With that in mind, the next regularly scheduled IWC meeting will be on Wednesday, August 24, at 7:30 pm, in the Council Chambers at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

See next week’s edition for coverage of the IWC public hearing on Mt Pleasant Road apartments.

For more information about the Inland Wetlands Commission, visit newtown-ct.gov/inland-wetlands-commission.

Reporter Alissa Silber can be reached at alissa@thebee.com.

Inland Wetlands Commission approved a self-storage facility at 19 Commerce Road, pictured here on this town Graphic Information System (GIS) aerial photo showing the approximate location of wetland and property boundaries. —GIS image
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