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Friday, March 14, 2008


ZBA approves permit for Jenney landscaping business

Scott Jenney, who lives at 303 Brook Street, was granted a Special Permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on March 6 to run his landscaping business from his home for one year. He will need to provide screening for the equipment and remove the landscaping sign on his mailbox. In addition, Jenney will look into minimizing the beeping noise caused by his trucks moving in reverse.

The permit was given for the equipment he now has on the property which includes: two Ford F350 one-ton dump trucks, one Ford F150 pick-up truck, one Ranger, one 12-foot landscape trailer which he will replace with a 14-foot trailer, one 18-foot flatbed trailer, one Caterpillar 303.5 Mini Hydraulic Excavator, one Kabota L2900 tractor with a separate mower and two 9-foot plows that go on the dump trucks. He has another trailer which he expects to sell. Except for the landscape trailer, he will not be able to add equipment or replace any item with larger equipment. He is limited to six days of operation within set hours, except for the snowplowing part of his business.

Acting Building Commissioner and Zoning Enforcement Officer John Minty said the property was non-conforming and was not grandfathered. The Jenney business has been going for 21 years and has been at this site for the last ten years. He had checked into the property after receiving a letter from Mitchell and Nancy Weiss of Brook Street, who had concerns about the storage of oil, pesticides, fertilizer and other waste. The letter also cited concerns about the width of Brook Street and safety issues in passing these large vehicles on that road.

Several residents were there to support Jenney. Scott Davis of Prospect Street was present and had also written to Minty to support the application for the permit. He felt the town as a whole advocated low-income housing and diversity and should support small businesses in town, including “trades-folks like Scott.” Linda Stacey, whose property is adjacent to the Jenney field, said, “He maintains the property. I don’t have a problem with that. He’s supporting himself.”

Fred Bentley, also of Brook Street, worries about property value. “My main concern is home evaluation.” He did not want his property value going down due to a commercial venture next door.

Jenney said he had no chemicals stored on the property, and he has only limited gasoline for his vehicles. He does not have fertilizer, except for organic fertilizer he uses on his own lawn. Carlisle bylaws state that there can be no sale of landscaping materials on the premises, no outdoor storage of materials, no stockpiling of materials and no delivery of materials to the Brook Street address.

Although the letter to the ZBA cited traffic concerns, neighbors felt Jenney’s trucks were not causing accidents. Matt Kidder of Timothy Lane said, “I don’t see accidents as an issue.”

The board granted a one-year special permit for the landscaping business. Hours of operation will be limited to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with no hours on Sunday. There are no restrictions on times for snowplowing. Shrubs, trees and/or fences must be put in for screening so vehicles cannot be seen from the street. ∆

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