Friday, March 12, 2004
Shorts from the Board of Appeals, March 3
• No progress on Maple Street 40B. At the Board of Appeals meeting on March 3, the application for a comprehensive permit for a 40B development off Maple Street on the Billerica line, was continued without further action on the request of the developer. BOA Chair Terry Herndon informed the board that developer Walter Eriksen had told him that his surveyor would not be able to complete the new survey of the property in time to give to the board's peer review engineering firm, Ross Associates. He asked that the board continue the hearing until next month's regular meeting.
• Red Balloon permit renewed. The Red Balloon, a pre-school cooperative that operates out of the First Religious Society, received a renewal of its special permit to operate as it has in the past. President Ingo Szegvari told the board that the Red Balloon is licensed to have no more than 23 children per class and they intend to keep the program as is. The board voted unanimously to give the permit for five years, citing its unblemished history with no complaints.
• 128 Bingham Road. Judy and Tom Lane of 128 Bingham Road asked the board for a side-line variance to site a 28 by 24-foot garage on their seven-acre pork chop lot. Their property abuts the Towle Land, with a large esker (long narrow ridge formed by glacier) between the properties. Due to this, the garage would not be visible from the conservation land. Despite their seven acres, the siting of the garage is limited, due to wetland constrictions. The Conservation Commission gave permission to build their detached garage within the buffer zone. The board approved their request, and gave them a variance of 13 feet, with the following conditions: construction should begin within a year, the garage would have no hot water nor would it be heated, and it would be one story high with a roof line not to exceed the height of the house.
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