P&Z Commission News: Proposed Changes in Support of Small Farms

Message from the P&Z Commission:

When you think about the Town of Lyme, the idyllic image of the Tiffany Farm – surrounded by wooded hills – comes to many people’s minds.  It is one of countless, beautiful local vistas that are admired, photographed and painted by residents and visitors. These beautiful landscapes are a combination of fields and forests that are a result of Lyme’s agricultural past and present uses.

During the last town-wide survey for the Plan of Conservation and Development, the people of Lyme overwhelmingly expressed support for agriculture. The State of Connecticut has also been encouraging individual towns to pass regulations supporting local farms and protecting farm land.

To address these directives, the Lyme Planning & Zoning Commission has been working to modify existing regulations and add some new ones that will promote, protect, retain and encourage uses that are consistent with Lyme’s rural character. These proposed changes will allow practices and activities that support economically viable agricultural use of Lyme’s remaining farms and farmland – and will be open to public input and comment.

In the near future, the P&Z Commission will hold a Public Hearing to facilitate a conversation with residents about the proposed changes and to solicit public comment and feedback. Watch for the announcement of the Public Hearing in the local media and on the Town of Lyme website and Facebook page.

Lyme’s original rural character is based on the small farm.  Small-scale farms will only survive if the Town supports continued agricultural use in a variety of contexts compatible with changing times.

Jun. 18 Work Party To Prepare for Opening of Riverside Preserve

On Tuesday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., volunteers will be gathering to prepare the Riverside Preserve for its June 23rd opening.  Local residents will be clearing brush, invasive plants and sapling growth, as well as cleaning up the field.  Participants are encouraged to bring loppers, clippers, work gloves, rakes, weed whackers and bottled water.  Snacks will be provided.  The Riverside Preserve is located on Salem Road about 0.4 miles from Route 156. Please email openspace@townlyme.org if you are planning to attend.  (Rain date for this event is Wednesday, June 19.)

“Vanishing & Enduring Lyme” Exhibit on Jul. 4-6

The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives will offer a free exhibit called “Vanishing & Enduring Lyme” that runs from July 4th through July 6th, featuring photographs and documents highlighting the mills, farms, one-room schoolhouses, rural post offices and other town institutions throughout the 19thand 20thcenturies.  Exhibit hours will be Thursday, July 4, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; Friday, July 5, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 6, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road.

Bat Presentation on Jun. 15

On Saturday, Jun. 15, at 11:00 a.m., the Lyme Land Conservation Trust will offer a free presentation on bats for residents of all ages at NaturePlace in the Banningwood Preserve.  Maureen Heidtmann, a local librarian and bat expert, will speak on the bat populations in Connecticut, the threats they face and how residents can help protect them.  NaturePlace is an outdoor education space inspired by the vision of Diana and Parker Lord.  The Banningwood Preserve is located off Town Street in Lyme. Reservations for the free event would be appreciated at stewardship@lymelandtrust.org.  (This event will be canceled in the event of rain.)

Lyme Public Hall Annual Meeting on Jun. 13

The Lyme Public Hall Association and Local History Archives will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  The evening will consist of a potluck dinner and business meeting, followed by a presentation called “Lyme Roads: What’s in a Name” that examines the history surrounding local road names.  The program is free and open to the public.  (Residents who plan to attend the dinner portion of the meeting should bring a dish to share.)