Winsted Town Seal
Winsted Town Seal
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WINSTED — After more than a year of meetings and hearings, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) special permit application at its meeting on Monday, May 24.
The nonprofit organization will now be allowed to construct a 7,118 square-foot building that would be used as a kennel and office space at its location on 149 Newfield Road.
The mission of the nonprofit organization is to train dogs to help people with disabilities.
During meetings over the past year, various residents with properties neighboring ECAD all filed complaints against the project.
At one point Executive Director Dale Picard threatened a lawsuit if the commission did not approve the special permit.

At the May 24 meeting, the board unanimously approved the special permit but attached various conditions in its approval.
The conditions in its approval include the installation of a silt fence immediately, a buffer area to installed, the relocation and better positioning of plants (which will be done before the issuance of a foundation permit), the installation of a fence adjacent to Newfield Road residential properties that are south of ECAD’s property, and a payment of $5,000 which will serve as a landscape bond to remain for a term of five years.
The commission also required ECAD to create an updated site plan that will include the commission’s conditions of approval, along with requiring ECAD to have a licensed professional engineer inspect the water quality basin on the property on an annual basis.
The commission is also requiring ECAD to stick to its operating hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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