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Issue Number XXVI- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- May 12, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Redevelopment Agency - Agenda Summary
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 5:00 pm - Room 208
- North End Update - Executive Session if needed

Citizen’s Advisory Committee - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 6:30 pm - Room 208
- Annual Action Plan
- CDBG Expenditures Report
- Program Income

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
The following bills have been signed by the Governor:

HB-5042- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND INTERIM CHANGES TO THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To require municipalities to submit a copy of the plan and conservation to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management upon adoption and revise the procedures for applications for interim changes to the state plan of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/12/06 - SENATE:4/20/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR: 5/8/06

SB-545- AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING PRESERVATION
to expand the notice provisions concerning a potential loss of federally-assisted low or moderate income housing.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/25/06 - SENATE:4/20/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR: 5/8/06

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

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Issue Number XXV- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- May 5, 2006

WETLANDS REGULATIONS CHANGE
On Wednesday, May 3, 2006, the Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission approved the following amendment to the Wetlands Regulations of Middletown. The effective date of the amendment is May 30, 2006.


2.32 “Regulated activity?means any operation within or use of a wetland or watercourse involving removal or deposition of material, or any obstruction, construction, alteration or pollution, of such wetlands or watercourses, but shall not include the specified activities in section 22a-40 of the Connecticut General Statutes. Furthermore, any clearing; grubbing; filling; grading; paving; excavating; constructing; including the underground installation of fuel tanks; depositing or removing of material; earth-moving; discharging of storm-water or the clear cutting of trees on the land within one-hundred (100? feet, measured horizontally from the boundary of any wetland or watercourse, is a regulated activity. The construction or placement of decks, pool, sheds, play equipment or other accessory uses associated with the use and enjoyment of residential properties are permitted within regulated areas. Staff may refer any such application to the Agency for a review and/or permit. The Agency may rule any other activity, located within such regulated area or in any other non-wetland and/or watercourse area as provided by in Section 2.33 of these regulations, that is likely to impact or affect a wetland or watercourse is a regulated activity.
2.33: “Regulated area?is the geographic area in which the Agency reviews regulated activities in order to determine if such activities will likely impact or affect a wetland or a watercourse. It includes all wetlands and watercourses as defined herein plus all adjacent non-wetland, non-watercourse) areas measured horizontally from the established wetland or watercourse boundaries to a distance of one hundred (100? feet. The regulated area will be extended by the Agency if the Agency determines that activities beyond the one hundred foot (100? regulated area are likely to impact or affect a wetland or watercourse.

PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP MATERIALS
The Planning and Zoning Commission will be conducting a series on workshops to review development issues around Middletown. Materials for these workshops will be posted online at http://www.middletownplanning.com/POD/2010podrevision.html. The City is being divided into 9 study areas. Studies will be posted when they are available for review. Currently, the narrative analysis for 4 areas can be found online. Maps will be posted shortly.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Economic Development Committee - Agenda Summary
Monday, May 8, 2006 - 5:30 pm - Room 208
- CBB Parking
- Landmark Development Group, LLC EXECUTIVE SESSION
- Remington Rand
- Electric Transformers
- Application for Tax & Business Incentive Program: Timber Ridge LLC
- Newfield Street -request by Michael Batista to swap land
- Transfer land between 117 & 133 Brookview Lane
- 22 River Rd-Weston Construction Co.
- Open Space Acquisition - Fleming Property

Design Review and Preservation - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 5:30 pm - Room 208
- 401 Newfield Street- Alternate Design- Bacon Village- Summit Residential
- 666 Main Street- Signage- AllState- Tony Lafo
- 324 Main Street- Signage- Empire Pizza- Seralp Karaman
- 36 Washington Street- Signage- TheseGuysInstall.com- Audible Technologies
- 147 Saybrook Road- Signage- Children’s Neurology Service- Michele Kleiman
- 285 Court Street- ADA Access and Sidewalk- Roseann Sillasen
- 427 South Main Street- Signage- Freestanding and Canopy- Fazlay Rabbi
-222 Main Street Alley- Reposition Downtown History Panels

Planning and Zoning Commission - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 7:00 pm - Council Chambers
- Mile Lane - Request for final approval - Lewis R. Labbadia
- Request for G.S. 8-24 - Land swap between the City & Mr. Michael Batista - west side of Newfield St.
- Norwest corner of North Main St. & Pease Avenue - Amedeo & Antonio Monarca. - office building & garage

Conservation Commission - Agenda Summary
Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 6:30 pm - Room 208
- Wilcox property
- Flemming Open Space Grant
- Salafia Open Space Grant
- Maromas Northeast Utilities property. State acquisition
- Plan of Development Study
- Coginchaug Watershed Study

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
The General Assembly completed its legislative session by approving the following bills. The Governor still has to review a number of them.

HB-5039- AN ACT CONCERNING SITE PLANS.
To allow towns zoning under special act to require site plans.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/11/06 - SENATE:4/19/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:5/2/06

HB-5042- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND INTERIM CHANGES TO THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To require municipalities to submit a copy of the plan and conservation to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management upon adoption and revise the procedures for applications for interim changes to the state plan of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06 APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/12/06 - SENATE:4/20/06 SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5290- AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR LAND USE APPLICATIONS
To make uniform public notice requirement on applications to land use boards and to require notice to owner of land immediately adjacent to property on which a land use application has been filed and to repeal an annual study requirement on the definition of lakes.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/19/06 - SENATE:4/28/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5438- AN ACT CONCERNING ENTERPRISE ZONE REPORTING
to specify what data the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall collect from municipalities in enterprise zones.
SUBMITTED- 2/22/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/30/06 - SENATE:4/27/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5685- AN ACT CONCERNING BROWNFIELDS
to promote economic development.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:5/1/06 - SENATE:5/3/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5707- AN ACT CONCERNING SUBDIVISIONS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
to facilitate the subdivision process for affordable housing.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/25/06 - SENATE:5/1/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5797- AN ACT CONCERNING DIGITAL MEDIA AND MOTION PICTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE
to establish the Connecticut Digital Media and Motion Picture Office and Commission to develop a strong digital media and motion picture industry that would contribute substantially to the improvement of the state's economy, the social well-being of the state and its people and to provide production and wage tax credits against the corporation business tax for qualified digital media and motion picture productions in the state and to establish the Connecticut Film Corporation to invest in films made in the state and that employ state residents.
SUBMITTED- 3/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/26/06 - SENATE:5/3/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-41- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To revise the process for updating municipal plans of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/18/06 - SENATE:4/11/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:5/3/06

SB-389- AN ACT AUTHORIZING DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ON RENTAL PROPERTY NOT COMPLYING WITH HEALTH, HOUSING AND SAFETY CODES
to authorize distressed municipalities to establish a special assessment on nonowner occupied rental property not in compliance with health, housing and safety codes and to provide a source of revenue for municipal code enforcement.
SUBMITTED- 2/23/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:5/2/06 - SENATE:5/3/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-539- AN ACT CONCERNING TAX CREDITS FOR REHABILITATING HISTORIC STRUCTURES
to establish a program of tax credits for reuse of historic buildings to stimulate reinvestment in communities, increase municipal tax revenues, improve surrounding property values and provide increased opportunities for home ownership.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:5/3/06 - SENATE:4/28/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-545- AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING PRESERVATION
to expand the notice provisions concerning a potential loss of federally-assisted low or moderate income housing.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/25/06 - SENATE:4/20/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-546- AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO ABATE TAXES ON OPEN SPACE LAND
to enable municipalities to provide property tax abatement for the transfer of land or interests therein for use as open space.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:5/2/06 - SENATE:4/28/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-666- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL LIENS FOR ACCRUED FINES AND CERTAIN CODE VIOLATIONS
to improve enforcement of local codes and to allow for the effective collection of accrued and unpaid fines associated with violations of such codes by authorizing municipalities to place liens on real property for such accrued and unpaid fines and to increase the maximum fine for violations of municipal regulations and ordinances.
SUBMITTED- 3/10/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:5/3/06 - SENATE:5/2/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

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Issue Number XXIV- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Apr 28, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - 7:00 pm - Common Council
- 622 Mile Lane - filling, grading tree-clearing for a new house - The Cannata Construction Company
- Maple Shade Road - Active Adult Community - Bone Hill Farm, LLC
- Proposed Wetland Code text amendment to modify Sections 02.32 and 02.33
- Oak Ridge Drive - Sanitary Sewer Pump Station - City of Middletown Water & Sewer Department
- 11 Training Hill Road - Expand parking lot - Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society
- 3704 River Road - Create a pond for irrigation of crops etc? - Jeffrey P. Bogue
- 779-797-807 Newfield Street - Commercial development - Mattabesset Realty, LLC
- South of River Road - Tree Harvesting - Northeast Utilities
- Various Locations - seeking general permit for general maintenance work - Public Works Dept.

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
The General Assembly is looking to wrap up the legislative session on May 3, therefore over the next couple of weeks a number of bills will be voted on that concern planning, conservation and development in Middletown. To date only five concerning our department have come to a vote in either the House or Senate. Below are a list of these bills.

HB-5707- AN ACT CONCERNING SUBDIVISIONS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
to facilitate the subdivision process for affordable housing.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/25/06 - SENATE:00/00/00
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5797- AN ACT CONCERNING DIGITAL MEDIA AND MOTION PICTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE
to establish the Connecticut Digital Media and Motion Picture Office and Commission to develop a strong digital media and motion picture industry that would contribute substantially to the improvement of the state's economy, the social well-being of the state and its people and to provide production and wage tax credits against the corporation business tax for qualified digital media and motion picture productions in the state and to establish the Connecticut Film Corporation to invest in films made in the state and that employ state residents.
SUBMITTED- 3/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/26/06 - SENATE:00/00/00
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-545- AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING PRESERVATION
to expand the notice provisions concerning a potential loss of federally-assisted low or moderate income housing. SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:4/25/06 - SENATE:4/20/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-662- AN ACT CONCERNING DREDGING
to appoint a task force to examine dredging in Connecticut.
SUBMITTED- 3/10/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:00/00/00 - SENATE:4/26/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

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Issue Number XXIII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Apr 21, 2006

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
On Friday April 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm, the City of Middletown will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a Princeton Elm tree in dedication to Edward Richardson at the Wadsworth Arboretum. Mayor Sebastian Giuliano will issue a proclamation, and Jane Harris and Barbara MacEachern will present the tree for planting. Refreshments will be served following the dedication. The event is sponsored by the Middletown Garden Club and the Middletown Rotary Club. Please join us!
The Princeton Elm, called Ulmas Americana in Latin grows to between 60 and 80 feet in height with lustrous dark green leaves in the summer turning yellow in the fall and is highly resistant to Dutch Elm disease.
Directions to Wadsworth Arboretum: From Downtown follow Church Street to Cross Street to Long Lane. The Arboretum is located near the intersection of Lang Lane and Wadsworth Street. Parking can be found across the street.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Harbor Improvement Agency - Agenda Summary
Monday, April 24, 2006 - 5:00 pm - Room 208
- Boat Launch & Riverfront Redevelopment
- Harborpark Boat Rentals
- Transient Docks
- Harbormaster Report

CAC subcommittee: Application Review Committee - Agenda Summary
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 4:00 pm - Room 208
- Residential Rehabilitation Applications

Planning and Zoning Commission - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 7:00 pm - Council Chambers
- 666 Main Street - Special Exception to lease space as an insurance agency - Frank Somuah
- East side of Newfield Street - Proposed one-lot resubdivision - Philip Armetta
- 331 Farm Hill Road - Convert existing single family to a two family - Jean P. Gullitti
- Liberty Hill Subdivision off East Street - Request for final approval
- Request for G.S. 8-24 Review for use of the City’s docking facilities at Harbor Park by Lady Katherine Cruises, LLC

Urban Forestry Commission
There will be no meeting this month. Join us in celebrating Arbor Day at the Wadsworth Arboretum on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 3:.00 p.m.

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
The General Assembly is looking to wrap up the legislative session on May 3, therefore over the next couple of weeks a number of bills will be voted on that concern planning, conservation and development in Middletown. To date only five concerning our department have come to a vote in either the House or Senate. Below are a list of these bills.

HB-5039- AN ACT CONCERNING SITE PLANS.
To allow towns zoning under special act to require site plans.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE: 4/11/06 - SENATE: 4/19/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5042- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND INTERIM CHANGES TO THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To require municipalities to submit a copy of the plan and conservation to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management upon adoption and revise the procedures for applications for interim changes to the state plan of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE: 4/12/06 - SENATE:00/00/00
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5290- AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR LAND USE APPLICATIONS
To make uniform public notice requirement on applications to land use boards and to require notice to owner of land immediately adjacent to property on which a land use application has been filed and to repeal an annual study requirement on the definition of lakes.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE: 4/19/06 - SENATE:00/00/00
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

HB-5438- AN ACT CONCERNING ENTERPRISE ZONE REPORTING
to specify what data the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall collect from municipalities in enterprise zones.
SUBMITTED- 2/22/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE: 4/18/06 - SENATE:00/00/00
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-41- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To revise the process for updating municipal plans of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE: 4/18/06 - SENATE: 4/11/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

SB-545- AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING PRESERVATION
to expand the notice provisions concerning a potential loss of federally-assisted low or moderate income housing.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06
APPROVALS- HOUSE:00/00/00 - SENATE: 4/20/06
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:00/00/00

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XXII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Apr 14, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Citizens Advisory Committee - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 5:00 pm
- CDBG allocation

Redevelopment Agency Meeting has been Cancelled

Conservation Commission - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, April 20, 2006 - 7:00 pm - Room B-20
- Trail Guide Addendum
- Public Relations - Conservation Corner
- Open Space Status - Guida Property
- Development of Guidelines for Landscaping Plan
- Open Space Signs
- Wilcox Property
- Flemming Open Space Grant
- Salafia Open Space Grant
- Maromas Northeast Utilities property - State acquisition
- Plan of Development Study
- Coginchaug Watershed Study

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XXI- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Apr 7, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Economic Development Committee - Agenda Summary
Monday. April 10, 2006 -5:30 pm
- CBB Parking
- Landmark Development Group, LLC EXECUTIVE SESSION
- Proposed Wetlands Regulations
- Coffee House Recording Studio
- Riverfront Development-Middletown Development Associates EXECUTIVE SESSION
- Arrigoni Bridge Lighting
- Tax & Business Incentive Program Application: 102-104 Court Street
- Lady Katharine Cruises
- Tax and Business Incentive Application: North End Development Group
- Commercial Realtor & Developer Reception

Design Review and Preservation Board - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 5:30 pm
- 401 Newfield Street - Alternate Design- Bacon Village - Summit Residential
- 666 Main Street - Signage- AllState- Tony Lafo
- 146 High Street - Façade Renovation- Wesleyan - Roseann Sillasen
154 & 162 Church Street
- 324 Main Street - Signage- Empire Pizza - Seralp Karaman
- 427 South Main Street - Signage- On the Go Convenience Store - Fazlay Rabbi
- 59 Crescent Street - Demolition- Middlesex Hospital - Tim Kavanaugh

Planning and Zoning Commission - Agenda Summary
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 7:00 pm
- Request for location approval for sale of used cars under G.S. Sec. 14-54 at 597 Saybrook Road in the B-2 zone. - D&M Recovery & Towing, LLC
- Request for location approval for sale of used cars under G.S. Sec. 14-54 at 169 Main Street Extension in the TD zone. - D&M Recovery & Towing, LLC
- Request for G.S. 8-24 Review for elimination of sidewalks on Fiske Street - Hometown Properties, LLC/Michael A. Riccio
- Proposed Zoning Map Amendment to delineate areas of contribution and recharge for the John Roth Wellfields
- Proposed Zoning Code text Amendment to adopt Municipal Aquifer Protection Regulations
- Proposed one-lot resubdivision - east side of Newfield Street - Philip Armetta/Frank Magnotta
- Request for final approval of the Liberty Hill Subdivision - Atty. Michael Dowley
- Special Exception to convert existing single family dwelling to a two-family - 331 Farm Hill Road - Jean Gullitti
- Workshop on Plan of Development

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XX- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Mar 31, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Inland Wetland and Watercourses Agency - Agenda Summary
Wed. April 5, 2006 - 7:00 pm
- Proposed Wetland Code text amendment - Sections 02.33 and 02.32
- 612 Middle Street - future building pad - Members Only Development
- Oak Ridge Drive - Briarwood Lane - City of Middletown Water & Sewer Dept.
- 622 Mile Lane - New construction for house - Cannata Construction Company
- Maple Shade Road - Active adult Community - Bone Hill Farm, LLC
- 11 Training Hill Road - expand parking - Connecticut Hindu Temple Society

Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda Summary
Thurs. April 6, 2006 - 5:30 pm
- 106-110 Court Street - Variance with regard for a specialty wine shop.
- 1431 Country Club Road - Variance to Section 21.02 - side yard setback for proposed addition.

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number IXX- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Mar 24, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Harbor Improvement Agency - Agenda Summary
Mon. March 27, 2006 - 6:00 pm
- Boat Launch & Riverfront Redevelopment
- Harborpark Boat Rentals
- Transient Docks

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XVIII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Mar 17, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Redevelopment Agency - Agenda Summary
Tues. March 21, 2006 - 5:00 pm
- North End Update (EXECUTIVE SESSION)

Planning and Zoning Commission - Agenda Summary
Wed. March 22, 2006- 7:00pm
- Proposed Zoning Code Amendment to Modify Section 44.08.43(D)(9) Active Adult Housing
- Middlesex Hospital - Site plan review for expansion of emergency department Phases 1 & 2
- Knoll Ridge Acres Subdivision - Request for reduction of cash bonds for Phases 1 & 2
- Middle St & Timber Ridge Rd. - Request for final approval of a two-lot industrial subdivision
- 597 Saybrook Road - Request for location approval for sale of used cars in the B-2 zone
- 169 Main Street Extension - Request for approval for sale of used cars in the TD zone

Urban Forestry Commission - Agenda Summary
Thurs. March 23, 2006- 4:30pm
- Arboretum Trail Proposal
- Arboretum Ownership
- Arbor Day

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

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Issue Number XVII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Mar 10, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Harbor Improvement Agency - Special Meeting - Agenda Summary
Mon. March 13, 2006 - 5:00 pm
- Lady Katherine Cruises

Economic Development Committee - Agenda Summary
Mon. March 13, 2006- 5:30pm
- CBB Parking - $18 million Federal Funding
- Landmark Development Group - (EXECUTIVE SESSION)
- Proposed Wetlands Regulations
- Coffee House Recording Studio
- Riverfront Development - Middletown Development Associates (EXECUTIVE SESSION)
- Arrigoni Bridge Lighting
- 102-104 Court Street - Tax & Business Incentive Program Application
- Lady Katherine Cruises

Citizen’s Advisory Committee - Agenda Summary
Wed. March 15, 2006 - 5:00 pm
- CDBG Application Presentations

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
HB-5746- AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO INCREASE THE NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MARINE PATROLS
to increase the number and frequency of marine patrols conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection.
SUBMITTED- 3/7/06

HB-5810- AN ACT LIMITING THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN BY MUNICIPALITIES AND MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND ESTABLISHING AN OFFICE OF PROPERTY RIGHTS OMBUDSMAN
to (1) restrict the power of municipalities and development agencies to acquire property by eminent domain for economic development purposes, and (2) establish an Office of Property Rights Ombudsman.
SUBMITTED- 3/10/06

SB-656- AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR AGRICULTURE, OPEN SPACE AND BROWNFIELDS PROGRAMS
to authorize bonds of the state for agricultural programs, urban park restoration, brownfield remediation and municipal open space.
SUBMITTED- 3/9/06

SB-662- AN ACT CONCERNING DREDGING
to appoint a task force to examine dredging in Connecticut.
SUBMITTED- 3/10/06

SB-665- AN ACT CONCERNING EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEEDINGS
to (1) allow certain property owners to repurchase property taken from them by eminent domain if the land is not used for a public use and is subsequently resold, (2) prohibit persons from misrepresenting that they are authorized to acquire property by eminent domain by making such misrepresentation an unfair trade practice, (3) require appraisals in eminent domain proceedings to be conducted by state-licensed real estate appraisers in accordance with uniform standards, (4) require the consent of the parties before a court may appoint a judge trial referee to review a statement of compensation in an eminent domain proceeding, (5) increase the maximum payments for relocation assistance, and (6) revise the standards used by local legislative bodies prior to authorizing the use of eminent domain pursuant to a development plan under chapter 132 of the general statutes.
SUBMITTED- 3/10/06

SB-666- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL LIENS FOR ACCRUED FINES AND CERTAIN CODE VIOLATIONS
to improve enforcement of local codes and to allow for the effective collection of accrued and unpaid fines associated with violations of such codes by authorizing municipalities to place liens on real property for such accrued and unpaid fines and to increase the maximum fine for violations of municipal regulations and ordinances.
SUBMITTED- 3/10/06

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.


Issue Number XVI- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Mar 3, 2006

MIDDLETOWN MAIN STREET RANKS 6th IN NEW ENGLAND: BOSTON GLOBE
For more see http://www.explorenewengland.com/travel?photo_gallery=specials/take_ten/quaint_new_england_main_streets/&pg=6

MAYOR UNVEILS WEB GIS SYSTEM TO PUBLIC
(March 3, 2006 - Middletown) The City of Middletown is now proud to debut its Web-based Geographic Information system (GIS). This system allows for the public to pull up a wide variety of public information on properties from the comfort of their homes. Mayor Sebastian Giuliano is quick to point out that “the City of Middletown is working hard to serve our customers to the best of our ability?
GIS has been an increasing adopted tool by planning agencies around the country to enhance the management of municipal development and enforcement. Director of Planning, William Warner explains, “that this system will benefit the residents of Middletown by providing them with increased access to our office and the information we posses. We can better serve their needs by quickly creating customized maps for applications and projects or even help resolve a zoning complaint in Middletown.?BR> Currently, the Department of Planning, Conservation and Development’s website provides maps, plans, regulations, applications, publications and other information from the department. We strive to provide all of our information on the website. We even have a discussion list and a weekly newsletter that update all subscribers on current issues. Middletown’s GIS system allows the user to view information about any parcel of land in Middletown, such a producing a map of a homeowners property showing lot lines and near by structures. Specific property information can be retrieved, such as; parcel number used by the City’s tax assessor, deed volume and page number, recent sales information, census tract number, the year a building was built, and much more. The system also allows one to view aerial photos, zoning maps, flood maps and wetlands maps.
Rick Kearny, Economic Development Specialist, highlighted that this “GIS [system] will aid the business community in planning and analysis for real estate development. Businesses using GIS will discover new ways to serve customers and determine locations for bringing new services to the city.?As a lawyer who has done his share of real estate work, Mayor Giuliano recognizes the value of the system to lawyers, real estate agents, and appraisers. “This will allow these people to do much of their work from their computer and will allow city staff more uninterrupted time to plan our City.?P> Go to www.middletownplanning.com for more information or to use the web gis system.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Design Review and Preservation Board- Agenda Summary
Weds. March 8, 2006- 5:30pm
- 779, 797 & 807 Newfield Street- New Construction- retail building
- 192 South Main Street- Andy Ross Signage
- Crescent Street- Middlesex Hospital Proposed Emergency Room Expansion
- Nominations & Selection of Middletown Design Awards

Planning and Zoning Commission - Agenda Summary
Weds. March 8, 2006 - 7:00pm
- Zoning Code Text Amendment
- Middlesex Hospital Emergency Room Expansion

Conservation Commission - Agenda Summary
Thurs. March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm
- Election of Officers
- Adam Moore of CT Park & Forest Assoc. - Invited Speaker
- Trail Guide
- Open Space Status
- Development of Guidelines for Landscaping Plans
- Wilcox Property

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
HB-5704- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FUNDS FOR OPEN SPACE
to provide funds for affordable housing from municipal funds for payments in lieu of open space.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

HB-5711- AN ACT ENABLING MUNICIPALITIES TO ESTABLISH A STORMWATER AUTHORITY
to authorize municipalities to establish a stormwater authority.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

HB-5713- AN ACT CONCERNING ZONING ENFORCEMENT
to eliminate the provisions allowing treble damages against a zoning enforcement officer who issues a citation if the court finds that such citation was issued frivolously or without probable cause.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

HB-5714- AN ACT CONCERNING ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR REMOVAL OF CERTAIN TREES
to establish a fee for removing trees, providing a source of funding for activities that protect the scenic quality of roads.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

SB-534- AN ACT CONCERNING SUBDIVISION OF LAND IN COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES
to provide municipal planning commissions with oversight over changes in common interest communities.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

SB-539- AN ACT CONCERNING TAX CREDITS FOR REHABILITATING HISTORIC STRUCTURES
to establish a program of tax credits for reuse of historic buildings to stimulate reinvestment in communities, increase municipal tax revenues, improve surrounding property values and provide increased opportunities for home ownership.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

SB-542- AN ACT AUTHORIZING TWO OR MORE MUNICIPALITIES TO JOINTLY IMPOSE A SALES TAX
to authorize two or more municipalities to impose a sales tax to be used for funding activities that are jointly undertaken.
SUBMITTED- 3/2/06

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XV- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Feb 24, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Harbor Improvement Agency - Agenda Summary
Mon. February 27 , 2006- 6:30pm
- Boat Launch and Riverfront Redevelopment
- Harborpark Boat Rentals
- Transient Docks
- Lady Catherine Cruises

Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency - Agenda Summary
Wed. . March 1 , 2006 - 5:00pm
- Proposed Wetland Code text amendment (amendment text can be found at www.middletownplanning.com) - Agency Review - Brooks Road

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
HB-5366- AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDS TO THE CONNECTICUT HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LOW OR MODERATE INCOME FAMILIES
to encourage and provide support for home ownership.
SUBMITTED- 2/23/06

HB-5550- AN ACT CONCERNING STATE PAYMENTS TO MUNICIPALITIES IN LIEU OF PROPERTY TAXES
to increase payments to municipalities for state property so that such payments are equal to one hundred percent of property taxes.
SUBMITTED- 2/23/06

SB-282- AN ACT ESTABLISHING A BUSINESS TAX CREDIT FOR REHABILITATING HISTORIC STRUCTURES
to provide an incentive for businesses to invest in the rehabilitation of historic structures for residential and commercial use.
SUBMITTED- 2/21/06

SB-283- AN ACT CONCERNING TAX CREDITS FOR REHABILITATING HISTORIC STRUCTURES
to establish a new credit program for rehabilitating historic structures other than owner-occupied homes.
SUBMITTED- 2/21/06

SB-289- AN ACT CONCERNING THE BAN OF SOIL MIXING AS A REMEDIATION METHOD
to prohibit the use of soil mixing as a method of remediating environmental contamination on residential property.
SUBMITTED- 2/22/06

SB-290- AN ACT CONCERNING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
to reduce the incidence of pollution in communities that are already overburdened by environmental pollution.
SUBMITTED- 2/22/06

SB-295- AN ACT CONCERNING JUICE BARS
to require the holder of a cafe permit to give at least ninety-six hours written notice to the chief municipal law enforcement officer prior to an event at which the cafe premises will be used as a juice bar or similar facility.
SUBMITTED- 2/22/06

SB-324- AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF CERTAIN NONCONFORMING PROPERTY
to clarify existing language to avoid rendering property nonconforming by reducing or eliminating their frontage as a result of a Department of Transportation sale.
SUBMITTED- 2/22/06

SB-388- AN ACT CONCERNING NONCONFORMING OUTDOOR ADVERTISING SIGNS
to establish conditions for the reconstruction, replacement or reestablishment of nonconforming outdoor advertising structures, signs, displays or devises and related uses.
SUBMITTED- 2/23/06

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XIV- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Feb 17, 2006

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Redevelopment Agency- Agenda Summary
Tue. February 21, 2006- 5:00pm
- North End Redevelopment Update(Executive Session)
- YMCA Parking Lot
- Broad Park Development Corp. MOU renewal

Planning and Zoning Commission- Agenda Summary
Wed. February 22, 2006 - 7:00pm
- Long Lane- Special Exception for propose Synthetic Turf Field- Wesleyan University
- Crystal Lake Estates Subdivision located off Millbrook Road- Request for release of the cash bond
- Country Hill Subdivision located off East Street- Request for reduction of the cash bonds for Phase 1B
- Donitta Griffith Subdivision located between Ballfall Road and Olympus Parkway- Request for release of the cash bond
- Knoll Ridge Acres Subdivision located off Brookview Lane and Congdon Street- Request for reduction of the cash bonds for Phases 1 and 2
- 1185 Randolph Road- Discussion regarding Stone Post Gardens
- Zoning Code text amendment to modify Section 44.08.43(D)(9) and (10) Active Adult Housing.
- Special Exception - expansion of Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department

Urban Forestry Commission- Agenda Summary
Thurs. February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm
- Trail Guide: Addendum
- Public Relations: Conservation Corner
- Open Space Status: Guida Property
- Development of Guidelines for Landscaping Plans

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*
HB-5104- AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE MARKETING OF LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCTS.
To give Connecticut locally-grown products a wider and more competitive edge in the marketplace.
SUBMITTED- 2/15/06

HB-5109- AN ACT CONCERNING INCREASED APPROPRIATIONS FOR SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITY-BASED REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS.
To provide additional funds for the self-sustaining community-based regional transportation systems established pursuant to section 55 of public act 05-280.
SUBMITTED- 2/15/06

HB-5287- AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIME FOR DECISIONS BY LOCAL LAND USE AGENCIES
To provide additional time for municipal land use agencies to make decisions when an intervention under section 22a-19 of the general statutes has been filed.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

HB-5288- AN ACT CONCERNING INITIATION AND APPROVAL OF REDEVELOPMENT PLANS
To make technical changes to provisions re municipal redevelopment plans.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

HB-5290- AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR LAND USE APPLICATIONS
To make uniform public notice requirement on applications to land use boards and to require notice to owner of land immediately adjacent to property on which a land use application has been filed and to repeal an annual study requirement on the definition of lakes.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

HB-5292- AN ACT CONCERNING THE FINANCING OF MUNICIPAL REDEVELOPMENT, URBAN RENEWAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
To revise technical procedures concerning the financing of redevelopment, urban renewal and community development projects.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

SB-106- AN ACT CONCERNING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN RENTAL HOUSING.
To extend the carbon monoxide detector requirements that all rental housing eligible under the existing law, without regard to the date of the building permit for new occupancy, and to make property owners responsible for such installation.
SUBMITTED- 2/15/06

SB-113- AN ACT PERMITTING THE BUDGET SURPLUS TO BE USED FOR LAND CONSERVATION
To permit the use of the budget surplus for land conservation.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

SB-130- AN ACT INCREASING THE SALES TAX TO FUND LAND CONSERVATION AND OPEN SPACE
To increase the state sales tax by .25% to fund land conservation and open space.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

SB-133- AN ACT EXEMPTING FARMLAND AND FORESTLAND FROM THE ESTATE TAX
To exempt from the estate tax farms and forests if the heirs grant a conservation restriction to the state.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

SB-197- AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR FARMLAND PRESERVATION
To provide funding for farmland preservation.
SUBMITTED- 2/16/06

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XIII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Feb 10, 2006

LEGISLATIVE WATCH SUMMARY
This week the Connecticut General Assembly kicked off it's 2006 legislative session. The session has only just begun and a number of bills have been submitted for evaluation by committees. Eminent Domain will feature prominently this year and Middletown could see some State dollars for local projects. They include: Fire Training School- $28,610; Reimbursement for environmental remediation at the former Long Lane School- $15,000,000; and Supplemental Municipal Assistance Grant- $2,124,960. A complete list the bills that are of interest the Middletown Planning Department is below.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Economic Development Commission- Agenda Summary
Mon. February 13, 2006- 5:30pm
- CBB Parking
- Harbor Park Restaurant (Executive Session)
- Downtown Redevelopment (Executive Session)
- Northeast Quality Service
- Hills Farm
- Resolution asking State to allow the sale of four homes which were deeded to city
- Purchase of 24 acres in the North End - Jonah Center
- Baldwin Furniture Lease
- Coffee House Recording Studio (Executive Session)

Citizens Advisory Committee- Agenda Summary
Wed. February 15, 2006 - 5:00pm
- 2006 Community Development Block Grant

Conservation Commission- Agenda Summary
Thurs.. February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm
- Election of Officers
- Trail Guide - Addendum
- Public Relations - Conservation Corner
- Open Space Status - Guida Property
- Development of Guidelines for Landscaping Plans

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

LEGISLATIVE WATCH*

HB-5007- AN ACT MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2007.
Includes funding for (T1018) Fire Training School - Middletown $28,610
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5038- AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN AND AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO ESTABLISH SEPARATE RATES OF TAXATION FOR REAL ESTATE.
To (1) revise the process for taking of real property by municipalities for redevelopment and economic development by (A) excluding residential properties from takings for economic development, (B) increasing compensation to owners of property to an amount not less than one hundred fifty per cent of the property's fair market value and two hundred per cent of the property's fair market value if the property is taken by eminent domain for economic development purposes, (C) requiring two-thirds approval of the legislative body for a taking for economic development, (D) requiring any acquisition of real property by eminent domain be not more than five years after approval of a plan, (E) establishing a grant program to compensate persons for the costs of contesting an eminent domain proceeding, (F) providing a tax credit against the income tax for persons residing in distressed municipalities, (G) requiring disclosure of information on the taking of real property by eminent domain, (H) prohibiting discussion of the acquisition of real property by eminent domain at executive session meetings, and (I) establishing a Property Rights Ombudsman; and (2) authorizing municipalities to establish separate rates of taxation for real estate.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5039- AN ACT CONCERNING SITE PLANS.
To allow towns zoning under special act to require site plans.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5040- AN ACT CONCERNING CITY AND TOWN DEVELOPMENT.
To make technical changes to statutes re city and town development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5041- AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND ZONING STATUTES.
To make technical revisions to certain municipal planning and zoning statutes.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5042- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND INTERIM CHANGES TO THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To require municipalities to submit a copy of the plan and conservation to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management upon adoption and revise the procedures for applications for interim changes to the state plan of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5043- AN ACT RESTRICTING DEVELOPMENT NEAR CERTAIN BEACHES AND BIRD SANCTUARIES.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

HB-5044- AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING OF STATE MANDATES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-1- AN ACT CONCERNING JOBS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.
To establish a plan for economic development in the state, providing for Connecticut jobs for the 21st century.
SUBMITTED- 2/8/06

SB-34- AN ACT REVISING THE PROCESS FOR THE TAKING OF REAL PROPERTY BY MUNICIPALITIES FOR REDEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
To revise the process for eminent domain for municipal redevelopment projects and economic development projects by (1) requiring a determination in the plan that a taking of real property is for a public use or economic development; (2) requiring a two-thirds vote if the taking is for economic development; (3) increasing compensation if the taking is for economic development; and (4) authorizing the owner of condemned real property to challenge all aspects of the taking.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-35- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT.
To make technical changes to certain municipal development statutes.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-37- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND ZONING.
To make changes to the general statutes regarding planning and zoning.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-39- AN ACT CONCERNING ENFORCEMENT OF SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS.
To improve municipal enforcement of subdivision regulations by authorizing appointment of zoning enforcement officers as subdivision enforcement officers.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-41- AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
To revise the process for updating municipal plans of conservation and development.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-42- AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY STATE PLANNING.
To establish a task force to study state planning.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-50- AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ON CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLES AND ESTABLISHING A CASINO ASSISTANCE REVENUE FUND.
To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.
Includes the following funding for Middletown- Supplemental Municipal Assistance Grant $2,124,960 (T13)
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-52- AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND OTHER PURPOSES.
To implement the Governor's budget recommendations
Includes the following funding for Middletown-(3) Reimbursement for environmental remediation at the former Long Lane School in Middletown, in accordance with public act 99-26, not exceeding $15,000,000.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

SB-59- AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION REVITALIZATION AND IMPROVEMENT AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE.
To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.
SUBMITTED- 2/9/06

*These bills are included in this newsletter for informational content and are not a reflection of support by the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Feb 3, 2006

Middletown Economic Development Report Released
The City of Middletown released an Economic Development Report this week summarizing progress that the City has made in areas such as Labor, Population, Income, Housing, Commercial Development, Institutional Development, and Redevelopment Initiatives.

Some highlights from the report include:
- Three new companies moved to the city occupying 52,000 square feet of space and creating 100 new jobs. One Middletown company expanded by constructing a new 27,000 square foot building.
- Projects under construction include 210,035 square feet of commercial/industrial space.
- Future projects for years 2006-2008 total 571,378 square feet of commercial/industrial space.
- Middlesex County has surpassed Fairfield County and the nation and now has the highest Median Household Income of $61,770 compared to $56,409 for the State of Connecticut and $43,318 for the United States.

The report can be found at http://www.middletownplanning.com/documents/MiddletownEconReportFY2005.pdf

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Planning and Zoning Commission- Agenda Summary
Wed. February 8, 2006- 7:00pm
- Long Lane- Special Exception for propose Synthetic Turf Field- Wesleyan University
- Crystal Lake Estates Subdivision located off Millbrook Road- Request for release of the cash bond
- Country Hill Subdivision located off East Street- Request for reduction of the cash bonds for Phase 1B
- Donitta Griffith Subdivision located between Ballfall Road and Olympus Parkway- Request for release of the cash bond
- Knoll Ridge Acres Subdivision located off Brookview Lane and Congdon Street- Request for reduction of the cash bonds for Phases 1 and 2
- 1185 Randolph Road- Discussion regarding Stone Post Gardens
- Proposed Zoning Code text amendment to modify Section 44.08.43(D)(9) and (10) Active Adult Housing.

Design Review and Preservation Board- Agenda Summary
Wed. February 8, 2006 - 5:30pm
- Design Review and Preservation Award Nominations
- 1153 Newfield Street- Middletown Nissan Signage
- 591 Main Street- Gas Station

Conservation Commission- Postponed until February 16th

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number XI- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Jan 27, 2006

GRANTS AVAILABLE
The City of Middletown will receive $417,094 from the Federal Government. The City is accepting proposals for these funds. These funds are restricted to projects and programs that benefit low and moderate income residents of Middletown. For more information or an application please go to www.middletownplanning.com. The Deadline for applications is February 10, 2006. There will be a seminar for those who are interested in funding on February 1, 2006 at 10am. Michiel Wackers can be contacted to answer questions at michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com or call 860-344-3425.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Agency- Agenda Summary
Wed. February 1, 2006- 7:00pm
- 28 Crescent Street- Expansion of the Middlesex Hospital's emergency department
- South Main Street- Proposed construction of a single family dwelling near wetlands.
- 612 Middle Street- Application for filling and grading wetlands and regulated area to create a future building pad.

Zoning Board of Appeals- Agenda Summary
Thurs. February 2, 2006 - 5:30pm
- 131 Baldwin Drive- Proposed variance for a shed to be located within the side and rear yard setbacks.

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

MIDDLETOWN PLANNING DEPARTMENT DISCUSSION GROUP
Another new option to be involved with news relating to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown is the new Discussion Group that allows members to share ideas, opinions, announcements, other relevant information, and respond the questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group or want more information, you can go to www.middletownplanning.com/discussiongroup.html.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to michiel.wackers@cityofmiddletown.com


Issue Number X- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Jan 20, 2006

TWO NEW SECTIONS TO THE NEWSLETTER
Judicial Watch and Legislative Watch are two new additions to the Planning Department Newsletter. These section will be published periodically and provide an update on court cases and proposed legislation that is of interest or has an impact on issues of planning, conservation and development in Middletown. Judicial watch lists cases that are before the US and Connecticut Supreme Courts. Provided are the oral argument dates and a brief description of the court case. We will print the decisions when they are rendered by the courts.
Legislative watch will track legislation in the Connecticut General Assembly. The first installment will be published in February when the legislature reconvenes. We hope this will help educate Middletown residents and get them involved. Please add your opinion on any case or legislation at the Middletown Planning Department Discussion Group.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Harbor Improvement Agency- Agenda Summary
Mon. January 23, 2006- 6:00pm
- Boat Launch & Riverfront Redevelopment
- Harbor Park Boat Rentals
- Transient Docks
- Harbor Master Report

Planning and Zoning Commission- Agenda Summary
Wed. January 25, 2006 - 7:00pm
- Long Lane- Special Exception for propose Synthetic Turf Field- Wesleyan University
- Crystal Lake Subdivision, off Millbrook Road- Request for release of cash bond
- Country Hill Subdivision, off East Street (Phases 1B&2)- Request for reduction of cash bond
- Donna Griffith Subdivision, between Ballfall Road & Olympus Parkway- Request for release of cash bond

Urban Forestry Commission - Agenda Summary
Thur. January 26, 2006 - 4:30 pm
- Arboretum Trail Proposal
- Arboretum Agreement & Maintenance

You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

JUDICIAL WATCH
Below are current court cases that are pending before the United States and Connecticut Supreme Courts that have an impact or of interest to Planning, Conservation and Development in Middletown.

- UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT- http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
04-1034- RAPANOS, ET AL. V. UNITED STATES- Does the Clean Water Act prohibition on unpermitted discharges to "navigable waters" extend to nonnavigable wetlands that do not even abut a navigable water? Does extension of Clean Water Act jurisdiction to every intrastate wetland with any sort of hydrological connection to navigable waters, no matter how tenuous or remote the connection, exceed Congress' constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states?
04-1384 CARABELL, ET AL. V. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ET AL. Does the Clean Water Act extend to wetlands that are hydrologically isolated from any of the "waters of the United States?" Do the limits on Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce preclude an interpretation of the Clean Water Act that would extend federal authority to wetlands that are hydrologically isolated from any of the "waters of the United States?"
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 21, 2006
DECISION:

04-1527- S.D. WARREN CO. V. MAINE DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION- Does the mere flow of water through an existing dam constitute a "discharge" under Section 401, 33 U.S.C. ?1341, of the Clean Water Act, despite this Court's holding last year in Miccosukee that a discharge requires the addition of water from a distinct body of water?
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 21, 2006
DECISION:

04-1704- DAIMLER CHRYSLER CORP. V. CHARLOTTE CUNO- Whether Ohio's investment tax credit, Ohio Revised Code ?5733.33, which seeks to encourage economic development by providing a credit to taxpayers who install new manufacturing machinery and equipment in the State, violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
ARGUMENT DATE: Mar. 1, 2006
DECISION:

- CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT- http://www.jud.state.ct.us/external/supapp/Default.htm
SC17355/17359- AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC. v. MILFORD PLANNING & ZONING BOARD- Affordable Housing; Whether Public Act 00-206 can be Applied Retroactively to Pending Affordable Housing Applications; Whether There is a Substantial Need for Affordable Housing in Milford.
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

SC17366- JOHN R. SHERIDAN v. TOWN OF KILLINGLY- Property; Taxation; When a Parcel of Real Property is Subject to Long Term Leases at Below Market Rates, Can a Town Assess the Property at its Actual Market Value Instead of Relying on the Valuation of the Capitalized Income Generated by the Parcel?
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

SC17460/17461- AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC. v. ZONING COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF STRATFORD; AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC. v. INLAND WETLANDS AND WATERCOURSES AGENCY OF THE TOWN OF STRATFORD- Zoning; Inland Wetlands; Intervention; Whether Town Council Can Invoke Citizen Intervention Provision of Environmental Protection Act to Intervene in Appeals From Decisions of Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commissions.
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

SC17464- WEST FARMS MALL, LLC v. TOWN OF WEST HARTFORD- Municipalities; Standing; Disqualification of Law Firm; Whether Taxpayer has Standing to Challenge Town's Approval of Private Development Project; Whether Trial Court Properly Refused to Disqualify Law Firm That Formerly Represented Plaintiff.
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

SC17551- EDWARD CONSIDINE v. CITY OF WATERBURY- Negligence; Governmental Immunity; Whether Rent Collected by City from Restaurant at Municipal Golf Course Constitutes Pecuniary Gain Sufficient to Abrogate Governmental Immunity.
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

SC17558- MANUEL MOUTINHO et al. v. BRIDGEPORT PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION- Zoning; Aggrievement; Whether a Zoning Applicant who Lacks a Written Agreement Permitting it to use the Subject Property and Does not Currently Occupy the Property is Aggrieved by the Denial of its Applications; Whether a Property Owner may Appeal from the Denial of Zoning Applications Where it was not an Applicant.
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

SC17580- RONCARI INDUSTRIES, INC. v. WINDSOR LOCKS PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION- Zoning; Whether Zoning Amendment Violated Requirement of Uniformity in Zoning Districts Contained in General Statutes ?8-2; Whether Zoning Commission Complied with Applicable Notice Requirements Regarding Proposed Amendment.
ARGUMENT DATE: Feb. 6-17, 2006
DECISION:

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Issue Number IX- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Jan 13 , 2006

Meetings This Week
Redevelopment Agency- Agenda Summary
Tues. January 17, 2006- 5:00pm
- YMCA Parking Lot Agreement
- North End Update (Executive Session)
- Nehemiah Housing Three Rivers Presentation (Greater North End)
- Middlesex Hospital

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Issue Number VIII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Jan 5 , 2006

Meetings This Week
Economic Development Commission- Agenda Summary
Mon. January 9, 2006- 5:30pm
- Parking
- Harbor Park Restaurant (Executive Session)
- Downtown Redevelopment (Executive Session)
- Lot 21 Middle Street (Executive Session)
- Jonah Center- Boat Launch
- Proposed Inland Wetlands Regulations
- Nehemiah Housing- Rainbow Court
- In Town Townhouses- Fisk Street Right of Way

Design Review and Preservation Board- Agenda Summary
Wed. January 11, 2006 - 5:30pm
- 591 Main Street- Gas Station
- Wesleyan University- Senior Housing

Planning and Zoning Commission - Agenda Summary
Thur. January 11, 2006 - 7:00 pm
- Randolph Road - Two lot subdivision (between Arbutus St. and Wildwood Ln.)
- 822 East Street - Thirty (30) unit active adult community (between Glenwood Tr. and Heritage Ln.)
- Millbrook road- Request for release of bond for Crystal Lake Estates Subdivision

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Issue Number VII- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Dec 30 , 2005

Meetings This Week
Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency- Agenda Summary
Wed. January 4, 2006 - 7pm
- 275 Middle Street- Non-residential Buildings
- 28 Crescent Street- Middlesex Hospital Emergency Dept. Expansion
- 170 Long Lane - New synthetic turf athletic field
- Proposed Wetland Code text amendment - Section 02.33 & 02.33
- 57 Baldwin Drive - Shed and playhouse
- Randolph Road - Driveway and utilities
- South Main Street - Single family dwelling

Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda Summary
Thur. Jan. 5, 2006 - 5:30 pm
- 131 Baldwin Drive - Setback variance for a proposed shed
- 29 Villa Street - Variance for proposed relocation of existing, non-conforming two-family dwelling on lot
- 1138 Newfield Street - Variance for height requirement for proposed signs

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Issue Number VI- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- December 23 , 2005

There are no meetings this week. The Planning and Zoning Department will be closed on December 26, 2005 for Christmas and January 2, 2006 for New Years. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
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Issue Number V- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Dec. 9, 2005

Meetings This Week
Economic Development Commission- Agenda Summary
Mon. Dec. 12, 2005- 5:30pm
- Central Business District Parking
- Lease of City Land to Millance Nursery
- Industrial Road Internet Access
- North End Market Rate Housing Developers
- Jonah Center Boat Launch Access
- Proposed Wetland Regulations
- 299 Timber Ridge Road

Planning & Zoning Commission- Agenda Summary
Wed. Dec. 14, 2005- 7pm
- 572 Washington Street- Special Exception to construction convenience store
- 339 South Main Street- Special Exception to convert existing gas station to a gas station/neighborhood store
- 354 Farm Hill Road- Resubdivision and Special Exception for two 5,000 sq. ft. lots
- Kenneth Dooley Drive- 6 lot subdivision to be known as Millennium Industrial Park
- 595, 601 & 613 Washington Street- Special Exception for new use as Dunkin Donuts and retail/office use
- Alsace Terrace- Request for sidewalk waiver
- 874 Millbrook Road- Request for interpretation of use for doggie day care
- Millbrook Road- Request to release cash bond
- 427 South Main Street- Proposed modification to Special Exception
- Randolph Road- Proposed 2 lot resubdivision
- Aquifer Protection Area- Program implementation
- 471 Washington Street- Proposed change to non-conforming use of gas station to monument business
- 822 East Street- Proposed Special Exception for 25 unit active adult community

Design Review and Preservation Board- Agenda Summary
Wed. Dec. 14, 2005- 5:30pm
- 569 Main Street- Gas Station Canopy and Sign
- 860 Washington Street- Town Fair Tire Signage

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Issue Number IV- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Dec. 1, 2005

Middlesex County Ranks No 1 in Income
New census information shows that Middlesex leads the state in median income. 2003 figures show that the median income per household in Middlesex county is $61,770 per household. Tolland County is reported second with $61,290 per household, and Fairfield County ranked third with $60,881 per household.

Meetings This Week
Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency- Agenda Summary
Wed. Dec. 7, 2005- 7pm
- 275 Middle Street- Non-residential Buildings
- 28 Crescent Street- Middlesex Hospital Emergency Dept. Expansion
- 1032 South Bartholomew- Dump fill in wetland
- 57 Baldwin Drive- Shed/Playhouse
- Randolph Road- Construction on driveway and utilities
- 170 Long Lane- Wesleyan University synthetic turf athletic field
- South Main Street- Single family dwelling
- Wetlands Regulation Amendment

Conservation Commission- Agenda Summary
Thur. Dec. 8, 2005- 7pm
- Trail Guide Addendum
- Public Relations- Conservation Corner
- Guide Property Open Space Status
- Guidelines for Landscaping Plans

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Issue Number III- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Nov. 18 , 2005

Meetings This Week
There will be no meetings this week.
The Town Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

New Zoning and Wetlands Enforcement Officer
Please welcome our new ZEO, Bruce Driska. Mr. Driska replaced Brian Robinson who resigned in order to move to Seattle, Washington. Mr. Driska served as the Zoning and Wetlands Enforcement Officer in the Town of Hamden and was previously the Zoning Officer in the Town of Berlin for nine and a half years. Prior to entering the field of zoning, Mr. Driska was the Plant Protection Officer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Middletown for fifteen (15) years. Mr. Driska has been a certified zoning officer by the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials since June of 1997 and has completed the requisite Inland Wetlands training offered by the CT Department of Environmental Protection.

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Issue Number II- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Nov. 4, 2005

Meetings This Week Design Review & Preservation Board - Agenda Summary
Wednesday Nov. 9, 2005- 5:30pm
- 170 Main Street - Osaka Japanese Restaurant Signage
- 820 Washington Street - Radio Shack Signage
- 186 Main Street Extension - Strike-a-Pose Salon Signage

Planning and Zoning - Agenda Summary
Wednesday Nov. 9, 2005- 7:00pm
- 572 Washington Street - Special Exception for Convenience store @ Citgo Gas Station
- 339 South Main Street - Special Exception to Convert an existing gas station auto repair to gas station/neighborhood store
- 354 Farm Hill Road - Special Exception Two lot resubdivision
- Kenneth Dooley Drive - Six lot industrial Subdivision
- 585, 601 & 613 Washington Street - Special Exception Convert existing building to new use as a Dunkin Donuts

Conservation Commission - Agenda Summary
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005- 7:00 pm
- Trail Guide- Addendum
- Public Relations - Conservation Corner
- Open Space Status- Guida Property
- Development of Guidelines for Landscaping Plans
- Millane’s Nursery Lease Agreement

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Middletown Planning Department Discussion Group
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Issue Number I- Middletown Planning, Conservation & Development Newsletter- Oct 20, 2005

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First PCD Newsletter
For the past year the Department of Planning, Conservation and Development has sent emails notifying people when agenda, minutes and legal notices are available. We are changing our format to a weekly newsletter that will summarizing the week's meetings and relevant news and information relating to the Department and its committees. Please let us know what you think and how we can improve it.

Meetings This Week Harbor Improvement Agency- Agenda Summary
Mon Oct 24, 2005- 6pm
- Harbor Master Report
- Boat Launch
- Transient Docks
- Harborpark Boat Rentals
- Safety of Harborpark Docks

Planning & Zoning Commission- Agenda Summary
Wed Oct 26, 2005- 7pm
- Zoning Code Text Amendment- Active Adult Housing
- Zoning Code Text Amendment- Design Center
- 147 Saybrook Road- Special Exception
- Randolph Road- 10 lot resubdivision
- 1111 Arbutus Street- 6 lot resubdivision

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Middletown Planning Department Discussion Group
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