Friday, November 10, 2006
Shorts from the ZBA, November 2
· Jacobellis Special Permit granted. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) granted Bonnie Jacobellis at 164 Fiske Street a special permit to operate her horse-riding lessons and boarding business for one year with several conditions. First, Jacobellis can board up to five horses, which includes her own horses. She had originally applied to board six horses, but after ZBA members visited her property, they concluded that five horses would be better suited in her stable. Second, to help manage the traffic on Fiske Street, operating hours for riding lessons of the business are limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday with no lessons occurring on Sundays while school is in session. Furthermore, lessons are to be held in the rear of the property.
In addition, Larry Sorli will inspect the manure pile at least three times a year to ensure it is in compliance with existing manure regulations; horse trailer storage is limited to two on the property, and they should not be visible from Fiske Street; no outdoor or amplified sound system or outside lighting can be installed; and riders must take horses to trail through the rear gates of the property, not down the front driveway.
The permit is granted for one year and the decision can be contested within the 20-day appeals process through the Town Clerk.
· Vienneau Special Permit hearing. Bruce and Donna Vienneau of 8 Acton Street appeared with their architect Tim Hess of Platt Builders, to request a special permit to build a 500-square-foot addition on a current pre-existing, nonconforming structure. Because they were increasing the structure by only 14%, well below the 50% limit, the board unanimously granted the permit to build.
· Chelton Special Permit hearing. Laura Chelton appeared with her architect and father before the board to request a special permit to increase the size of their currently nonconforming two-family home at 21-23 Bedford Road. The Cheltons purchased the home in October 2005 and have been planning to renovate all the while maintaining its historical and two-family design. The home, built in 1795, sits on less than two acres and is currently 5,429 square feet. Their proposed design, which includes renovating the dilapidated barn into living space, increases the footprint of the home by 46% to 7,909 square feet. The board unanimously granted the special permit stating that they looked forward to seeing the improved home in the Town Center.
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