Southington PZC approves home-based chocolatier; owners withdraw Lincoln College plan 

Southington PZC approves home-based chocolatier; owners withdraw Lincoln College plan 

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SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission this week approved a home business that will deliver chocolate-covered strawberries.

Stephanie Albert is the most recent local resident to apply for a home business under the state’s cottage food license. The license will allow her to cook food for sale in her home kitchen if she abides by certain health and cleanliness codes.

The town has approved several cottage food businesses in the past two years.

At the Tuesday night meeting, commissioners stipulated Albert only deliver her chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzels and Oreo cookies. Albert said she preferred not to have customers come to her home.

Albert said a home business lets her work flexible hours and isn’t restricted by the pandemic.

“I’m going to culinary school right now. I’ve been doing them for family and friends and they kind of took off,” she said during the meeting. “It’s a great thing while I’m going to school.”

Commission members had questions about the scale and hours of her operation. Albert said she’d like to keep it to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the most.

“I’m a one woman operation. I’m only thinking I’d take two to three orders a day, if it even came to that,” she said. “This is more of a side job.”

Robert Hamersley, commission chairman, said he was pleased that the state legislature allowed for businesses such as Albert’s.

“This is small business, folks,” he said.

The commission unanimously supported Albert.

Also on Tuesday night,  the commission agreed to accept the withdrawal of development plan for the former Lincoln college campus.

Owners of the campus had intended to get town approval for a host of uses, such as medical offices, adult day care and veterinary care.

An initial plan had included drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Opposition from neighbors led Dennis Terwilliger, a property owner, to take those options out.

Local developer Mark Lovley hopes to put luxury ranch houses on the former campus, which is located in a residential zone. Other uses, such as those suggested by Terwilliger, need commission approval due to the residential zoning. Earlier this summer, he said both Lovley’s housing proposal and a commercial redevelopment of the campus was under consideration.

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