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Wallingford PZC takes public comment on changes for digital signs, vehicle charging stations

Wallingford PZC takes public comment on changes for digital signs, vehicle charging stations



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WALLINGFORD — The public will be able to comment Monday on two proposed changes to town zoning regulations.

Public hearings are slated to be held during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall council chambers.

One proposed change would clarify regulations on electric vehicle charging stations, and a separate proposal would define and prohibit digital messaging signs.

Electric vehicles

During the PZC meeting last month, Town Planner Kacie Hand said that the modified zoning regulations would allow “vehicle fueling stations,” not just gas stations, as an accessory to the primary land use by special permit on a case-by-case basis.

Hand added that sustainability is a goal in the town's Plan of Conversation and Development, and that changing the regulations to include electric vehicles would be "keeping up with the technology and sustainability goals."

The issue came up when the construction management firm SAI Group submitted a site plan application to build electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart, 844 N. Colony Road.

Hand determined the site plan application should move forward as a special permit, which gives the PZC more discretion over granting permits, and discovered the current regulations did not mention electric vehicle charging stations.

It’s unclear whether SAI plans to pursue its Wallingford plan. Hand raised concerns over where in the parking lot SAI planned to install the charging stations. The firm SAI represents, Electrify America, has specific standards for positioning the chargers, an Electrify America representative said last month.

Digital signs

Current regulations do not ban electronic signs, but there is a restriction on flashing or moving signs. Residents have expressed concern in the past that electronic signs that scroll and flash are distracting to drivers and the town has had a moratorium in place on electronic signs since February 2017.

At last month’s PZC meeting, Hand discussed new regulations that would prohibit the use of digital signs, including electronic signs, electronic message boards and LED signs. The ban would have an exception allowing gas stations to display pricing.

Hand said the definition of a digital sign would be written into the regulations.

LTakores@record-journal.com
203-317-2212
Twitter: @LCTakores


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