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Welcome to the Town of Chilmark, MA
Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes 03/22/17

Present for the Board of Appeals and attending the meeting were Wendy Weldon, Russell Maloney, Todd Christy, Allen Healy, Allison Burger and Chuck Hodgkinson.  Reid Silva,     Greg Ehrman, Scott Stearns and Tony Bene also attended.  Chris Murphy and Frank LoRusso did not attend.     

The meeting came to order at 5:01 PM.  The Board appointed Wendy Weldon as interim Chair.  Ms. Weldon appointed Alternate Board members Messrs. Christy and Healy as voting members for the evening’s agenda.

REID SILVA FOR OLS MV, LLS.; Article 8 Section 8.3; 11 Flanders Lane; Map 27.1       Lot 204:  Ms. Weldon opened the public hearing at 5:05 PM.  Mr. Silva reviewed the site plan dated 1/30/17 to reconstruct the pre-existing, non-conforming dwelling in a manner that does not increase the non-conformity of the structure.  The existing setback distance to the lot line will be maintained at 29 feet which is 6 feet less than the required minimum.  Mr. Ehrman reviewed the floor plans and elevations dated 3/22/17 for the new dwelling that included 1933 sq. ft. of living space with 1,000 sq. ft. of bedroom space partially below grade.  There is a plan to construct a garage at a later date that will have a 400 sq. ft. detached bedroom above.  The roof ridge height above mean, natural grade will match that of the existing non-conforming flat roof.  The area of the new roof will be 1,311 sq. ft. – 870 sq. ft. less than the current flat roof.  Mr. Ehrman reviewed a narrative for the project and how it complies with the thirteen criteria outlined in another bylaw – Article 6 Section 6.11B2.

After brief discussion and with no comment from the public a motion was made to close the hearing at 5:32 PM.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A subsequent motion was made to approve the plans as presented with the following conditions:  1. The replacement structure shall be no less than 29 feet 0 inches from the south lot line as shown on the site plan.  2. The roof ridge height of the replacement structure shall not exceed the height above mean natural grade of the roof ridge on the original house.  The motion was seconded and with no further discussion passed unanimously with five in favor.

CHUCK SULLIVAN AND REID SILVA FOR STEVEN AXELROD AND SANDRA SCHPOONT; S. FAIN HACKNEY, TR. MIDDLEMARK REALTY TRUST; Article 6 Section 6.11B.3.d.; 365 Middle Road; Map 26 Lot 84:  Mr. Silva explained the project needs further review with the Historical Commission and asked the hearing be postponed to            April 26, 2017 @ 5:15 PM.  He explained the plan is to renovate and expand a pre-existing, non-conforming historic structure by 906 sq. ft. that is on a 2.3-acre parcel.  With the addition the total living area exceeds the maximum allowed area not requiring a Special Permit.  The current living space of the main house, barn and shed is 3,116 sq. ft.  The 906 sq. ft. addition brings the total living area to 4,022 sq. ft.  The applicant is seeking a living area exemption for the       1,966 sq. ft. historic structure bringing the net living area to 2,056 sq. ft.  The project is in the Middle Road Roadside District.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the request.  With no discussion the request for postponement passed unanimously with five in favor.

ADMINISTRATION:  The draft January 25, 2017 meeting minutes was reviewed and approved by consensus.  The draft February 22, 2017 meeting minutes was also reviewed and approved by consensus.

With no further business to conduct the meeting adjourned at 5:45 PM.  

The next meeting will be April 26, 2017.

Respectfully submitted by Chuck Hodgkinson, CAS.

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