Updated, 8:25 a.m.: Copy edits
NORWALK, Conn. – Some Planning and Zoning news for you:
- Wrinn mulls mural covered in Tyvek
- Kleppin gives preliminary indication of new grand list
- P&Z Commissions’ ‘new’officers: déjà vu
Wrinn ‘thinking about’ Tyvek covering Milligan mural
Real estate broker Jason Milligan has covered up the “wall art” at 21 Isaac St. with Tyvek, and the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department is considering whether that’s o.k.
Milligan’s mural was cited by Deputy Zoning Inspector John Hayducky after Jackie Lightfield filed a complaint which noted that the mural contains business names. Zoning regulations say that business names in such artwork constitute signage, or advertising, and are therefore not allowed.
The violation notice sent to Milligan also noted that the mural exceeds 50 percent of the wall surface.
“Alleged ‘Mural’ that was issued a zoning violation is now covered with Tvyek, Norwalk’s preferred material,” Milligan wrote to NancyOnNorwalk on Tuesday. The stalled Wall Street place development nearby is also covered with Tyvek.
Neither Hayducky nor Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin responded to a NoN email Tuesday asking about the Tyvek.
“John Hayducky has ignored my incessant calls and emails,” Milligan wrote.
Kleppin at Tuesday’s POCD Committee meeting referred NancyOnNorwalk to Assistant Planning and Zoning Director Mike Wrinn.
Wrinn said he needs to think about it.
“I have to decide,” Wrinn said. “I think it’s one thing to have Tyvek on a building that has a building permit or is under construction. I think it’s quite another to have Tyvek on a building that doesn’t have a building permit or is not under construction.”
“We’ll get through that in the next couple of days,” Wrinn said.
Kleppin: You’ll be surprised
Kleppin at the Oct. 17 Zoning Commission offered an opinion on the developing property revaluation, a process used to revise the rate by which property taxes are assessed.
“The city is doing reval now,” Kleppin said. “The indications that we are hearing is that people will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome, despite what certain individuals who are not big fans of mine say about the not-growing grand list.”
On Tuesday, Kleppin said he had no further update.
The topic came up on Oct. 17 because a Commissioner had seen reader comments in NancyOnNorwalk alleging that the grand list is shrinking.
New Commission officers
Both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Commission recently held elections for new officers.
Planning Commissioner David Davidson was the only Commissioner present on Oct. 16 who did not support reelecting Fran DiMeglio has chairwoman. In a repeat of Davidson’s efforts last year, he nominated Steve Ferguson to lead the group; minutes from last year show that Davidson and Ferguson voted for Ferguson and everyone else supported DiMeglio. This year, Ferguson was absent, and received only Davidson’s vote.
Davidson commented that he did not ask Ferguson if he wanted to be chairman.
Davidson also nominated Brian Baxendale to be vice chairman, but Baxendale declined. Nora King was reelected vice chairwoman.
Mike Mushak was elected secretary.
The Zoning Commission election was even less dramatic.
Vice Chairman Lou Schulman, one of three Commissioners appointed to a nominating Committee, said the Committee had decided to maintain the status quo, with Nate Sumpter as Chairman, himself as Vice Chair and Michael Witherspoon as secretary.
There were no other nominations and the trio were reelected.
“Last year, we did say we would try to make some changes,” Schulman commented. “ … But I think we are all satisfied, you might even say happy, with the way the Commission is operating and getting our business done. We are all getting along collegially and there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason to change the officers.”