SOUTHINGTON — Town planners denied local business owner Kurt Holyst’s proposed rezoning of land on Lazy Lane from residential to industrial.
Holyst, a co-owner of Central Connecticut Resource Recovery on Triano Drive, said he has a long-term plan for the 13 acres at 322 Lazy Lane but didn’t want to talk publicly about it since it might not come together.
“There is no guarantee what my thoughts are if it would come to fruition,” he told the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night.
Rezoning the land will also reduce the required buffer between the Lazy Lane parcel and his business on Triano Drive.Objections from neighbors
Area residents voiced complaints about Holyst’s business Tuesday night, the second meeting on the topic. They talked about truck traffic and rats and worried about an expansion of his operations making those problems even worse.
“We’re going to be living within a dump,” said Stan Slipski, a Melcon Drive resident.
Others said an expansion of industrial activity would reduce their home values and hurt their quality of life.Commission concerns
Following similar complaints at a previous meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission chairman Bob Hammersley told Holyst to talk with neighbors.
Holyst said he did so, but said no homeowner wants to live next to industrial property. He said the decision to rezone should be made if it helps the town as a whole, which benefits financially from industrial land.
“There s no way I can come here and say people are supportive that live next to industrial land that was once residential,” he said.
Caleb Cowles, a commission member, said he wanted to hear more specifics on the land’s planned use.
“I was really hoping to hear some detail on what the plan was,” he told Holyst. “I was hoping for something I can dig my teeth into.”
While Holyst didn’t share his plans, commission members said any rezoning would open up a host of new uses regardless of what Holyst had in mind. Those industrial uses include heavy equipment storage, repair and trucking terminals.
“I don’t find any of those uses appropriate for this property that abuts a residential neighborhood,” Hammersley said.
Jennifer Clock, a commission member, made the motion to deny the application.
“This is not a difficult decision. The town has a plan that guides us,” she said, referring to the town’s plan of conservation and development from 2016. “I don’t see this change as fitting the neighborhood.”