Subdivision approved unanimously by Cheshire PZC

CHESHIRE — The application for an 11-lot subdivision on Coleman Road was passed unanimously by Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this week. 

The subdivision will be situated on a cul-de-sac at the rear of what was formerly known as the Tripodina property, located at 791 Coleman Road. 

The development prompted some concerns among residents who live in the area, as the land is close to the old Jinny Hill Barite Mines. However, at the last public hearing on Dec. 13, Attorney Anthony Fazzone, who is representing the applicant, Pinnacle Land Development, said the property does not include any portion of the barite mines. Fazzone provided more information on the topic at the meeting on Monday. 

“To resolve (concerns about the mines), and to try and satisfy the Public Works, engineering and the Town’s consulting engineers, the developers Phil Bowman and Paul Bowman had a meeting with Mr. Noewatne (Public Works director), Dan Bombero, and the professional engineer from Barton & Loguidice, Denise Lord,” Fazzone said. 

At the meeting, it was agreed the applicant would inspect the southern portion of the Tripodina property prior to building. 

“The procedure is written out clearly in the application, and this would be done prior to getting any building permits,” he said. “The procedure has been reviewed by Town engineering consultants and it is acceptable to them and can meet any concerns that might develop.”

Phil Bowman then approached the podium to explain the procedure to the commissioners. 

“The concern was that the adits from the mine shaft would potentially be on the (development) parcel,” Bowman said. “We proposed that, during foundation excavation, we will have a state-licensed material testing company come out to perform soil tests, like a density test, on the soils to make sure that they are stable. We will also, if needed, have a design professional — structural engineer, most likely — design the foundation specs to appropriately handle if there is a void created anywhere under a foundation.”

Bowman explained that the engineer would be able to design a foundation so that even if a void or sinkhole is discovered, it would be safe.  

“I want to thank everyone involved with this application for really educating us on the barite mines and the area,” Commissioner Jeff Natalie said, after the presentation. “I know we asked a lot of questions.”

Commissioner Rob Brucato added that he did his own research on the mines and believes that they will not interfere with the development.

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