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Friday, May 9, 2008

Shorts from the Board of Appeals, May 1

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) convened last Thursday, May 1, and ruled in the following cases:

Coventry Woods 40B Project. On April 27, the applicant, MCO & Associates/Mark O’Hagan, filed a motion to withdraw the comprehensive permit to build a development of at least 40 units on 22.6 acres of land off of Concord Street. The board unanimously decided to vacate the motion, meaning that the permit is completely “off the books,” according to town counsel Arthur Kreiger. “The permit cannot be transferred….Not to vacate [the permit] would [allow it] to count toward planned production threshold [concerning the town’s required percentage of 40B compliant properties].

Rocky Point. The board approved a letter to be sent to TD Bank North authorizing the “final release of all total funds” in the amount of $4,156.30. The funds had been held as part of the construction permit process for the subdivision off Lowell Street. The first development in Carlisle created under the state’s 40B comprehensive permit procedures, it includes two units of affordable housing as well as six units of market-rate housing.

Special permit granted at 111 Sunset Road. Owner J.J. Supple requested and was granted a special permit to expand the house, which is located 42 feet from the boundary of the 1.1-acre parcel. Supple’s plan entailed converting a small bedroom (10’x7’) into a bathroom and expanding the master suite. The 1,323 square feet of living space would be increased by 252 square feet, or about 19%. Additionally, the front porch would be reduced in size to make it more aesthetically appropriate to the house. Bill Morgan of nearby Elizabeth Ridge Road commented that “the proposed changes are creative…. [they are] not increasing the size of the footprint,” while two other abutters on Sunset Road, 127 and 174 Sunset Road, wrote letters to the ZBA expressing their concern over Supple’s proposed expansion, calling into question the hardship that the proposed expansion would relieve.

New ZBA member nomination. The ZBA approved a letter to be sent to the Board of Selectmen requesting the appointment of Kevin T. Smith to the ZBA. Smith is an attorney at Greenberg, Traurig with experience in land use and property rights litigation, eminent domain, as well as with commercial litigation. Smith is also on the faculty of Boston University School of Law. The ZBA currently has one vacancy and is “extremely happy” to have Smith join the ZBA. “[We] believe his skills and background will enable us to better serve the public moving forward,” says ZBA Chairperson Ed Rolfe. ∆

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