Zoning commission approves a delivery van facility on Victoria Drive

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This is a rendering of the site plan for a commercial vehicle facility at 10 Victoria Drive.

MONROE, CT — Planning and Zoning Commissioners unanimously approved a special permit allowing a commercial vehicle facility for a fleet of 400 delivery vans at 10 Victoria Drive with conditions during a work session Thursday.

The applicant, Gen IV LLC, plans to construct a 10,000-square-foot office building on the 25.75-acre lot on Victoria Drive with a small gatehouse and a parking lot with 668 delivery van spaces and 43 personal vehicle spaces.

At a prior meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Regulations Subcommittee in August, the attorney for the applicant declined to name the business that wants the facility, but did say it would do deliveries for the company’s new facility in Trumbull. Amazon has a new distribution center in Trumbull.

The project could bring in $544,189 in annual tax revenue for the town, according to Town Planner Rick Schultz. He said the applicant came up with the estimate, which accounts for the combined value of the vehicles, real estate and personal property. That number would increase if the facility grows to 600 vans.

Among the conditions of Thursday’s approval, a personal property declaration must be submitted to the town assessor no later than Nov. 1 of each reporting year to ensure the town receives all of the tax revenue it is due.

Commissioners want to ensure the commercial vehicle facility will not be regularly used to house tractor trailers, so the conditions include a weight limit for the vans and passenger vehicles, which may not exceed 13,000 pounds. This includes the vehicles and the loads.

“The parking of tractor trailers shall be prohibited unless temporary in nature and shall only be allowed upon notification of the town zoning enforcement officer,” Schultz said, while reading the written motion to approve.

During the hearing, the applicant said a tractor trailer would come onto the property occasionally. “This is not gonna be a common occurrence nor does the commission want to see it there,” Schultz said.

Schultz said “temporary” means a tractor trailer may not park on the property for longer than seven days.

The commission will also require the installation of traffic signs for the multi-purpose trail intersecting Victoria Drive.

The hours of operation of the facility shall be restricted to Sunday through Saturday, from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., with occasional later hours during holidays and special circumstances, according to the approval.

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