Waterford PZC member voices support for Seaside plan

Waterford - Planning and Zoning Commission member Edwin J. Maguire read a letter at the commission's meeting Monday in support of zoning changes developer Mark Steiner has proposed to the Seaside Preservation Zoning District, which contains the former Seaside Regional Center for the developmentally disabled.

Maguire said that the proposed zoning changes would generate tax revenue that could go toward the town's capital project debt and school system and promote synergy among area theaters at local colleges and on the Eugene O'Neill Theater campus.

He also said the project would allow for cleanup and restoration of the property, which he said had languished in the hands of public officials.

"This proposed zone change will not only provide an upscale residential community, it can lead the way for cultural and educational enhancement opportunities in Waterford," he said.

During the meeting, Planning Department staff presented a second draft of proposed alterations to Steiner's request for zoning changes to the property located off Shore Road. The commission plans to put forward a final draft of the zoning amendment at its Sept. 8 meeting, at which time it plans to vote on what staff changes to include in Steiner's proposed amendments when it takes its final vote on whether to change the zoning regulations. The commission is slated to take a final vote by Sept. 19.

The commission is also slated to vote Sept. 8 on whether the proposed zoning changes, with the staff's alterations, are in line with the town's Plan of Conservation and Development.

Changes reviewed Monday include removing distinctions between public and private roads on the property, increasing the required setback of buildings from the edge of the road from 25 feet to 30 feet, and allowing the inn Steiner has proposed to be contained in either of the two buildings on the property designed by famous architect Cass Gilbert.

Additionally, staff has recommended changes to delivery times permitted on the property. Steiner's proposed changes would allow for construction of a restaurant on the property and the commission's discussion of deliveries has centered on food delivery.

The draft of the proposed zoning changes presented Monday would allow for deliveries between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The staff's original recommendations allowed for deliveries as late as 6 p.m. on weekdays with no Saturday window. Both versions allow for deliveries outside the normal times with 48-hour notice and town approval.


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