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Briefly Avon: Zone Change Approved to Make Way for Further Avon Self Storage Expansion

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zone change from residential to industrial, and the owners will reappear on May 17 to present further application material.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a request at Tuesday night's meeting to rezone a parcel of land at 190 Old Farms Road from residential to industrial, to make way for the fourth phase of Avon Self Storage's expansion plans. The zoning change will be effective May 4.

The owner of Avon Self Storage, Hutch Haines, is looking to add an addition. The zoning change will be effective May 4.

Haines originally began the review process for the expansion more than a year ago, but decided to delay the project due to the sluggish economy.

“Now, he’s at a point where it does make sense to put that in motion again,” Richard Case, the attorney representing Haines, said at Monday night’s meeting.

Case said the plot targeted for the addition would be cleared of much of its vegetation, although there would be no “clear cutting” on the site.

Haines said the project will also require “wetlands mitigation,” as the storage facility site has a large pond behind it. Case added, however, that the application received the approval of the town’s Inland Wetlands Commission about 18 months ago.

“We already have that and it’s approved,” Case said of the wetlands permits required for the project.

Town Planner Steven Kushner said the zoning change from residential to industrial does not conflict with the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

Haines and Case said they would be back before the commission on May 17 to continue the storage facility’s expansion application process.

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