Background

To SGPA members and friends:

Inland Wetlands: In 2013 Quinnipiac University submitted an application to the Hamden Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) to turn two currently existing practice fields into a multi-sport stadia complex. The university proposes a 1,500 seat and a 500 seat set of bleachers with a press box and loud-speaker system. The issue before IWC: the impact on the wetlands in and around the area. In 1994 and again in the early 2002, the IWC granted the university a waiver to allow a buffer of only 25 feet wide. In 2009, the commission adopted a 100-foot buffer zone. This did not impact the university’s waiver as they were ‘grandfathered’ in. The discussion has gone on since then with the commission denying the application, Quinnipiac revised their plans and resubmitted their application. Ultimately, the commission approved the proposal with nine conditions. Quinnipiac has stated that they can meet eight of the nine conditions, but cannot meet the 25-foot buffer in all areas. They have petitioned the IWC to revise the condition to an average of 25 feet, enabling them to leave some areas only 16 feet wide. The Association will speak in opposition to this at the June 1 meeting to be held in the Thornton Wilder Auditorium at the Hamden library at 7:00 pm. We will express our concern that once standards are compromised in this fashion, the regulations protecting wetland areas will be compromised and future arguments will include this as precedent for nonconformance and noncompliance.

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA): Despite the Inland Wetlands ruling that light from the stadia would not be allowed to impact the wetlands surrounding the area, Quinnipiac University applied to the ZBA for a variance of the current lighting restrictions in a residential (R-3) zone, requesting the ability to include 50-, 70-, and 80-foot-tall lighting poles in their proposed plans. This was denied as it was pointed out the Inland Wetlands has already restricted the amount of light that could spill onto the wetlands.

Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z): Quinnipiac University submitted an application and presented their plans to P&Z on April 26, 2016. The Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA) spoke against the proposal and has been actively engaged in promoting our opposition via newspaper editorials, TV interviews, letters, and an active campaign on Facebook. At the P&Z meeting on May 24, at which close to 100 individuals attended, a number of SGPA Board members joined with local residents to speak in opposition to this application, citing noise, traffic, safety, as reasons to deny the application. We will continue to speak out against this proposal.

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