P&Z Commissioner to Blue Star: 'You knew what you got into'

Commissioner John Comiskey offered a direct opinion to calls for Wilton to change its signage regulations at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Monday.

“This is not meant to be a negative comment, the businesses… that would most likely be interested in getting help from a sign program would never be big businesses. I understand that, it’s fine. That’s the plight, in a sense, everybody wants the inflatable guy flailing his arms  and the balloons out all the time to make money, that’s what its all about,” he said.

“I’m not sure how to resolve this, and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of discussions about this. The young lady who owns the business on Route 7, she has a very unique landlord on a very unique property. In one sense, you can say to a person in that situation, hey, you knew what you were renting when you rented it.”

He continued to say the broad liberalization of Wilton’s sign regulations may only serve to harm the town, while conservative, case-by-case review of new signs may be a better option.

“We can do what Westport does, where you pay $80 and you can have an A-frame sign up 365 days a year. But, then everybody does it. That’s the problem I see. You really need to, almost, take it case by case,” he said.

“If the historical society came in and wanted to make a standard, in that particular case maybe she has to follow a standard that it has.”

New signs on Kimco property

The Planning & Zoning Commission was presented Monday, Jan. 12 with an application for new signs at three Wilton Center properties owned by Kimco, including the Wilton Executive Campus (where Starbucks is located), the Bright Horizons building, and the Stop & Shop plaza.

The company proposes to take down seven old signs, and replace those with six new signs, including entry and exit signs, as well as representative signs.

The commission is skeptical of the layout of the entry/exit signs, and Kimco will present a new plan at its next scheduled hearing.

Work from home

Town Planner Bob Nerney told the commission Monday he believes it is time to consider changing the town’s regulations concerning in-home businesses.

He received a communication from resident Nick Davatzes, Mr. Nerney said, that inspired him to begin thinking up ideas about changing the kinds of businesses Wilton allows to be operated out of a home.

“Most businesses work well. They have an office, there’s an occasional UPS truck. But others tend to be more disruptive,” Mr. Nerney said.

Commissioners drew attention to construction-type businesses which sometimes use a home’s yard space, apparently, as storage for equipment.

ASML

ASML, Wilton’s largest employer, had a 3,900-square-foot addition approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday. The new square footage will be used as a staircase, a storage area for equipment, and a rear entrance to the building.

In total, the ASML property is more than 300,000 square feet.

In addition, the company is currently “re-skinning” the outside of its building to make it a more modern, attractive property, and is renovating and restriping its parking lot to be more efficient.