P&Z regulation change applies to new building applications

The Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously Oct. 6 to send out for review a proposed change to Section 5.8.5 of the zoning regulations, which applies to new building applications. According to board member John Grant, the change is intended to bring Milford into alignment with a change in the state statutes Chapter 390, Section 20-298.

The regulation states, “Any application for new buildings shall be accompanied by building plans, floor plans, and elevations prepared by a professional engineer and/or architect licensed in the State of Connecticut, or by others in compliance with State Statute Chapter 30 Section 20-298.

The portion in italics is the addition to the current regulation. The change would allow someone other than a licensed architect to prepare plans for a single-family or two-family house of less than 5,000 square feet.

With the vote, the board is sending the proposed change to various agencies, including the South Central Regional Council of Governments, the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Council, the Milford city attorney, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the town clerks of West Haven, Stratford, and Orange. When the board receives feedback from all these agencies, it will schedule a public hearing before it votes to adopt the regulation change.