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Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes 07/27/16

Present for the Board of Appeals and attending the meeting were Frank LoRusso, Chairman,     Chris Murphy, Vice Chairman, Todd Christy, Wendy Weldon, Allison Burger, and Chuck Hodgkinson.  Also attending were Reid Silva, Billy Meegan, Peggy Weis, Andy Goldman, Joan Malkin, Jim Malkin, Jennifer Christy and John Eisner.  Russell Maloney and Allen Healy did not attend.     

Mr. LoRusso opened the meeting at 5:00 PM and appointed alternate member Todd Christy as a voting member for the evening’s agenda.

BILLY MEEGAN FOR CRAIG EMDEN AND ALYSA McDANIEL; Article 4           Section 4.2A1; 2 Kenasoome Way; Map 11 Lot 55.1:  Mr. LoRusso opened the public hearing at 5:05 PM.  Mr. Meegan reviewed the plans to build a 798 sq. ft. 2-bedroom guesthouse in a location that meets the minimum setback distances from the lot lines.  The roof ridge will be approximately 17 feet above grade.  The cupola and exterior basement stairway as shown will not be built.  He added it is not decided if the deck between the office and guesthouse will be built.  A bulkhead door will be the sole access to the basement.  The Board asked if there is a deed restriction that prohibits a guesthouse.  Chuck H. read the deed covenant that indicated this is one of four lots in the Quansoo Road subdivision that is allowed to build a guesthouse.  The Board asked if the already congested Quansoo Road summer traffic will be able to accommodate another habitable dwelling.  Mr. Meegan said this is a planning board question.  The Board asked if the Board of Health (BOH) has approved the septic system and is the existing detached office considered to be a bedroom.  Mr. Silva said a septic plan for the property will be reviewed at the next BOH meeting.  They are proposing a separate, dedicated septic system for the guesthouse.  After brief discussion and with no public comment a motion was made to close the hearing at 5:14 PM.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A subsequent motion was made to approve the site plan dated 6/16/16 and floor plans hand-dated 7/27/16 excluding the cupola and foundation steps as shown as the owner decided to not build them.  The following conditions must be met before obtaining a Building Permit:  1. The Board of Health shall approve the septic system.  2.  If the deck between the guesthouse and detached office as shown is built it shall never be enclosed.  The motion was seconded and with no further discussion passed unanimously with five in favor.

DISCUSSION REID SILVA FOR NEW PROPERTY MV; Article 4 Section 4.2A3;          34 Brickyard Road; Map 9 Lot 2.4:  Mr. Silva explained a Special permit for a swimming pool was granted on May 25, 2016.  The architect would like to re-locate the pool and fencing to a different place as shown on the revised site plan dated 7/27/16.  In discussion the Board thought the sight lines from the house to the pool are acceptable.  A motion was made to declare the change as an inconsequential change to the approved plan.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  A second motion was made to approve the changes as shown on the revised site plan dated 7/27/16.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved with five in favor.

PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING SITE DISCUSSION:  Mr. Goldman thanked the Board for its time and reviewed the criteria for selecting a site for a future public safety building.  There was much discussion over the need for a new building.  Mr. Goldman reiterated that his committee was only charged with identifying a possible site for the building.  The Board thought it was a good site given the criteria and mentioned there may be several zoning bylaws that may apply to the design.  

PLANNING BOARD DISCUSSION – MENEMSHA MASTER PLAN UPDATE:  Ms. Weidner thanked the Board for agreeing to discuss this and explained the Planning Board is seeking comments from all town boards regarding subjects to consider.  Significant discussion followed with unanimous agreement that Menemsha Village is one of the jewels of Chilmark and the island.  There was much sentiment favoring the preservation of the village and its character.  Regarding the residential development of Menemsha the Board pointed out that Menemsha is not a DCPC and therefore does not have any special regulations regarding roof ridge heights—among other special zoning regulations for the DCPC’s in Town.

ADMINISTRATION:  The May 25, 2016 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as presented by consensus.

With no further business to conduct the meeting adjourned at 6:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted by Chuck Hodgkinson, CAS.

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