Smart Growth for Vernon, CT
Stop & Shop planning for gas station adjacent to Windsorville Road store

By John Kennedy
Journal Inquirer
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT

VERNON — Public hearings on two development applications will be held during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Oct. 4, Chairman Chester W. Morgan said.

According to Morgan, Stop & Shop has applied for a gas station at 793 Talcottville Road, while David Olender of Olender’s Automotive has applied to expand the existing automotive facility at 704 Talcottville Road.

The proposed gas station would be adjacent to the Stop & Shop at 50 Windsorville Road, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Talcottville Road and Windsorville Road. The area is under construction because of the widening of Talcottville Road and the addition of a driveway for the existing supermarket, Morgan said.

According to the statement of use provided to the commission by Stop & Shop, the gas station would include five fuel pumps with two nozzles at each, a canopy, a kiosk for the attendant, two underground fuel storage tanks, as well as lighting, signs, landscaping, parking, and storm drains. According to the site plan, it will be accessible via the driveway connecting the supermarket to Talcottville Road.

A study conducted by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., a planning and development company based in Watertown, Mass., estimated that the gas station will not negatively affect traffic on Talcottville Road, as most customers will be drawn from existing traffic on the road or from the supermarket.

According to the grading, drainage, and erosion control plan designed by VHB, storm water will be directed to a lined collection pond, where the filtered water will be carried to a catch basin on Windsorville Road. This process will improve the quality of water leaving the site.

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