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Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes 07/25/18
FINAL

Present for the Board of Appeals and attending the meeting were Wendy Weldon, Chairman, Frank LoRusso, Allison Burger, Russell Maloney, Chris Murphy and Chuck Hodgkinson.      Reid Silva, Chris Alley, Michael Barclay, Patrick Lindsay, Mark Hurwitz, Josh Gothard,       Jason Napier, Edward Grazda and Valerie Sonnenthal also attended.  Allen Healy did not attend.    

Ms. Weldon opened the meeting at 4:00 PM.  

MICHAEL BARCLAY FOR JARED B. STAMELL; Article 6 Section 6.3; 146 Quenames Road; Map 23 Lot 7:  Ms. Weldon opened the public hearing at 4:05 PM.  Mr. Barclay explained this historic house built in 1842 was struck by lightning last year.  It is on a 60-acre parcel.  He reviewed renovation plans that include building an addition that will extend the roof line of the house approximately 8 feet.  The ridge is 24 feet 6 inches above existing grade.  Chuck H. read a letter of approval from the Historical Commission.  After brief discussion and with no public comment a motion was made to close the hearing at 4:10 PM.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A subsequent motion was made to approve the site plan dated 3/24/18, the elevations hand-dated 7/25/18 and the floor plans hand-dated 7/25/18 as presented.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously with five in favor.  
 
REID SILVA FOR RICHARD AND LISA ZABEL; Article 6 Sections 6.3, 6.6;                  225 State Rd.; Map 33 Lot 122:  Ms. Weldon opened the continued public hearing at 4:10 PM and confirmed that all Board members present are eligible voters.  Mr. Silva explained the new owners would like to relocate and expand an existing historic dwelling to a location that is approximately 40 feet from the northeast lot line.  The historic house and the addition will have a roof ridge height equal to the historic house’s current 28 feet above mean, natural grade.  The project is in the State Road Roadside District.  He reminded the Board that the petition under Article 6 Section 6.11B3 was withdrawn at the July 25 hearing and he is here to address the Board’s request for additional documentation that substantiates the plans are modeled after an historic house built in Chilmark before 1850.  He reviewed photographs of the “Yellow House”, historic resource # 27 in the Town’s Master Plan that on State Road; Map 33 Lot 87.  Patrick Lindsay pointed out the design details that are in both the Yellow House and the plans.  He added the 1970’s addition to the house will be removed.  The Board thanked Mr. Silva for the documentation.  With no comment from the public a motion was made to close the hearing at 4:20 PM.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A second motion was made to approve the site plan dated 6/14/18, the elevations hand-dated 7/25/18 and the floor plans hand-dated 7/25/18 as presented with the following special condition:  1. The Board of Health shall approve the plan before obtaining a Building Permit.  The motion was seconded and with no discussion passed unanimously with five in favor.

GEORGE SOURATI FOR PAUL HORNBLOWER; Article 12 Sections 12.4C and 12.6B; 51 Squibnocket Farm Rd.; Map 35 Lot 1.3:  Ms. Weldon opened the continued public hearing at 4:21 PM and confirmed all Board members present are eligible voters.  Chuck H. read a letter from George Sourati requesting the petition be withdrawn without prejudice.  A motion was made and seconded to close the hearing at 4:22 PM.  The motion passed unanimously.  Another motion was made to accept the request.  This motion was seconded and passed unanimously with five in favor.
REID SILVA FOR EDWARD GRAZDA AND VALERIE SONNENTHAL; Article 6 Section 6.11B2; 11 Peaked Hill Pasture Road; Map 20 Lot 47.6:  Ms. Weldon opened the public hearing at 4:25 PM.  Mr. Silva reviewed the plans to construct 1,040 sq. ft. (26’ X 40’) of additional living area onto the existing garage/studio that is on a 4.3-acre parcel of land.  This additional space brings the total proposed living space to 4,659 sq. ft. which is + 834 sq. ft. above the amount requiring a Special permit of 3,825 sq. ft.  The total allowable living space on the parcel with a Special Permit is 6,325 sq. ft.  Mr. Grazda said the studio addition will only have power and HVAC provided by an air source heat pump.  There will be no water service.  

Mr. Silva reviewed a written outline of responses to the 13 criteria required for evaluation in the bylaw regulations.  The Board discussed the response to # 10 regarding the use of renewable energy versus fossil fuel for the hot air heat pump.  Ms. Sonnenthal mentioned they plan to install solar panels or perhaps the Tesla roof shingles at some point in the future.  The Board pointed out this is a requirement in the bylaw for this project.  The following is the Board’s evaluation of all 13 criteria:  1. Visibility from public location: OK; 2. Protection of natural features and landscape: OK; 3. Alteration of natural landscape: OK; 4. Minimizes grading: OK;       5. Road and driveways designed to curve: N/A; 6. Maintains views of ridgelines: OK;   7. Buildings sited behind fields: OK; 8. Preserves and protects natural features: OK;      9. Measures to protect water quality of ponds & wetlands: N/A; 10.  Minimize use of fossil fuels: See Special Conditions; 11.  Incorporates sustainable design: N/A; 12.  Avoids impacts to NHESP habitat: N/A; 13.  Protects/preserves historical resources: N/A.

After much discussion and with no further public comment a motion was made to close the hearing at 4:50 PM.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  A second motion was made to approve the site plan dated 1/2/18 and the layout A4 dated 7/15/17 as presented with the following special conditions:  1. Before obtaining a Building Permit the Chairman shall approve a photo-voltaic plan that at a minimum, produces enough renewable energy to offset the estimated annual power use of the air-source heat pump.  This system will then be installed as part of the project.  2.  The Board of Health shall approve the plan before obtaining a Building Permit.  The motion was seconded and with no further discussion passed unanimously with five in favor.
ADMINISTRATION:  The draft June 27, 2018 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as presented by consensus.

Mr. Murphy distributed draft copies of a suggested bylaw amendment for coastal houses and height above the FEMA 100-year flood level – elevation 11.  The Board took it under advisement for discussion at the next meeting.  The Board also agreed to meet with the Planning Board on Monday, September 10 @ 4:30 to discuss bylaw inconsistencies and amendments.

With no further business to conduct the meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM.  

Respectfully submitted by Chuck Hodgkinson, CAS.


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