Zoning briefs: Application reviews can be hired out

Milford’s Planning and Zoning Board recently approved a coastal management area site plan review to construct a single-family residence at 20 Bridgewater Ave., replacing one that was destroyed by storms. The property is owned by William Orange Mortgage LLC, which lists real estate agent Frank J. D’Ostilio Jr. of Woodbridge as its manager.

The application for a storage facility at 33 Schoolhouse Road has been continued to the board’s Aug. 18 meeting, which will include a public hearing on the plan.

On another topic, Board Vice Chair Jeanne Cervin was pleased that the aldermen voted at their Aug. 3 meeting to allow the P&Z to hire a consultant at an applicant’s expense to independently review an application.

“This is something this board has wanted for years,” said Cervin. “The Board of Aldermen always voted it down, fearing it would curtail development.”

Cervin also said the board can now demand greater accountability from the police department and fired department in their review of applications. With the changes, these departments will have to provide more specific details for their recommendations, and may even appear before the P&Z to explain their decisions.

“We get so little, a general report with no specifics,” said Cervin.