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Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes 05/24/17

Present for the Board of Appeals and attending the meeting were Chris Murphy, Wendy Weldon, Frank LoRusso, Russell Maloney, Allison Burger and Chuck Hodgkinson.  Betty Martin and Cody Coutinho also attended.  Todd Christy and Allen Healy did not attend.     

The meeting came to order at 5:00 PM.  

BETTY MARTIN AND WALTER WLODYKA; Article 6 Section 6.6; 4 Abel’s Neck Rd.; Map 30 Lot 65:  Mr. Murphy opened the public hearing at 5:05 PM.  Ms. Martin reviewed the plans hand-dated 5/24/17 to construct an approximate 35 sq. ft. addition on the second story of the existing dwelling.  The addition will be less than the minimum 25-foot setback distance from the lot line on a 0.5-acre parcel.  The addition will be a half bath for the second floor bedrooms.  The project is in the South Road Roadside District.  Ms. Martin added the addition will be lower than 18 feet above grade.

Chuck H. read the Site Review Committee report for the record.  He then read the three letters of consent from the neighbors whose property is within 100 feet of the addition.  After brief discussion and with no public comment a motion was made to close the hearing at 5:10 PM.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A subsequent motion was made to approve the plans as presented with the condition the Board of Health shall approve the plan before obtaining a Building Permit.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously with five in favor.

DISCUSSION CODY COUTINHO FOR NEW PROPERTY MV; Article 4 Section 4.2A3; 34 Brickyard Road; Map 9 Lot 2.4:  Mr. Coutinho thanked the Board for its time and explained a Special Permit for a pool was issued in May 2016.  In July 2016 the applicant returned with a change to the pool’s location and fencing (revised site plan dated 7/27/16).  This was determined an inconsequential change to the original plan and was approved.

He added the architect would like to change the fence location again.  After discussion a motion was made to declare the change as inconsequential to the approved plans.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A second motion was made to approve the new fence plan as presented and hand-dated 5/24/17.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously with five in favor.  The Chair signed the final approved site plan.

ADMINISTRATION:  The review of the draft April 26, 2017 meeting minutes was postponed to the next meeting.

Mr. Murphy distributed a draft revision to the pool bylaw Article 4 Section 4.2A3.  He explained the changes were made to return to the original intent of the bylaw before the Planning Board amended it and ultimately approved by voters at the April 2011 Annual Town Meeting.  The Board discussed each point and suggested a minor adjustment to letter n. Screening and Landscaping.  Chuck H. will make the changes for further review at the next meeting.

Chuck H. also mentioned the Planning Board has invited the ZBA to their June 12 meeting @ 5:15 PM to discuss the removal of Article 7 Section 7.1 “Building Cap”.  This bylaw expired in 2008 and Chuck H. indicated the definition of new construction versus renovation is still being used in principal.  The Board thought it would be nice to have one clear definition that can be adopted for the Zoning and Conservation Commission bylaws and regulations.

With no further business to conduct the meeting adjourned at 5:40 PM.  

The next meeting will be June 28, 2017.

Respectfully submitted by Chuck Hodgkinson, CAS.

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