Hamden’s Natural Resources Commission Opposes Pit Project
The Hamden commission charged with preserving the Town’s natural resources has written a Letter to the Editor stating their opposition to the gravel pit project and urging the Planning & Zoning Commission to deny the application “because of the negative impact the proposal shall have upon Hamden’s natural resources, open space, quality of wildlife habitat, as well as the well being of the public.” Here is their letter (boldface is blog editor’s):
September 28, 2006
The Natural Resources and Open Space Commission (NROSC) of the Town of Hamden, Connecticut is opposed to the proposed gravel mining operation proposed at 4246 Rear and 4280 Whitney Avenue, in the Town of Hamden. We urge the public to voice their opposition to the proposal at the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s Public Hearing for the Special Permit, scheduled for October 10, 2006, 7:00 PM at Memorial Town Hall. We suggest the public confirm that the hearing will take place prior to attending with the Town’s Planning Office, or to submit written testimony to the Commission.
The proposed plan by the applicant calls for the removal of over 250,000 cubic yards of material. The site, in excess of 40 acres, contains numerous wetlands and is crossed by Jepp Brook and Willow Brook, tributaries for our public water supply. A highly successful open space and recreational resource of the Town, the Farmington Canal Rail Trail is immediately to the West of the project. Beyond the impact to the immediate area of the project site, including the natural habitat and private residences adjacent to the site, we believe the impact will extend beyond the borders of the immediate area, impacting the health, safety and welfare of the greater public.
The NROSC strongly urges the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny the application because of the negative impact the proposal shall have upon Hamden’s natural resources, open space, quality of wildlife habitat, as well as the well being of the public.
Aris W. Stalis, Corresponding Secretary
Natural Resources and Open Space Commission, Town of Hamden, Connecticut
Hamden Government Center
2750 Dixwell Avenue Hamden, Connecticut 06518
Tel: (203)287-7100; Fax: (203)287-7101