Zoning Board of Appeals approves variance for 846 Bedford Road

by Karina Coombs

During a brief Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting on February 6—its start to finish 19-minute duration celebrated by three attending members—the board voted unanimously to issue a variance for a three-bay garage at 846 Bedford Road as requested by Joachim Fiedrich.

At the public hearing that began on January 9, the board was presented with a design for a 30-foot by 40-foot structure to be placed in a location short of the required setback from the property line. The structure was to be sited within 22.8 feet of the boundary on one side and within 34.5 feet along another side, whereas a 40-foot setback is required under the Carlisle Bylaw Section 4.3.2. At Monday’s hearing, Daniel Carr of Stamski and McNary offered a revised design that shortened the structure by two feet and moved it forward by eight, decreasing the setback shortage by ten feet.

“This is defensible,” said ZBA member Steve Hinton, noting that the topography and an existing structure at the property made siting the garage elsewhere a hardship for the homeowner. The garage is now modified to 28 feet x 40 feet, with setbacks at 32.8 feet on its south side and 34.5 feet on its west.

Secretary Peggy Wang said that the board had not received any correspondence regarding the project and Chair Travis Snell confirmed that abutters had not expressed concerns. Hinton, Snell, and Manuel Crespo voted to approve. The ZBA will issue its decision within 14 days. There is then a 20-day appeal period before the variance will be recorded at the Registry of Deeds. ∆