Friday, July 17, 2009
Shorts from theJuly 6 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting
• New regulations. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)’s newly adopted 36-page “Rules and Regulations” document is available for public viewing on the Town of Carlisle website: www.carlislema.gov/Pages/CarlisleMA_ZBA/ZBA_Rules_and%20Regs_6-15-09.pdf.
ZBA Chairman Ed Rolfe clarified that the new document does not have appendices whereas the old Rules and Regulations document did. Rolfe said that during the June 15 meeting when the new regulations were adopted, it was not clear if the appendices would be incorporated into the new rules and regulations.
• Assurance Technology, 68-84 South Street. The ZBA granted a request to amend the special permit, granted in February to let Assurance Technology modify an existing structure to create a 20’ x 20’ lunch room. Assurance Technology Facilities Manager Chip Orcutt said that their current lunch room space has seating for only six people, so many employees head out for lunch or eat at their desks. ZBA member Shann Kerner said having more space for employees was good because it meant less lunchtime traffic on the roads.
Members of the audience and ZBA board members agreed that Assurance Techology has been a good local business and neighbor in the town. In spite of challenging economic times, Assurance Technology has been going strong, last year being one of their best yet, Orcutt said.
• 210 Concord Street. Geoffrey Freeman appeared before the ZBA to request a special permit to build an addition of 81 square feet on his existing 2,000 square foot, non-conforming property. The ZBA granted Freeman’s request because the addition size was far less than the 50% cap (based on existing property square footage) on increasing the sizes of non-conforming property.
• Yearly ZBA reorgnization. Current Chairman Ed Rolfe was unanimously approved to continue as ZBA chair. Kevin T. Smith was approved as vice chair and Bill Morgan as clerk. ZBA member Shann Kerner will be leaving the board because she is moving to Boston; according to ZBA rules, board members must reside in Carlisle.
• Proposal to update Zoning Bylaw 6. ZBA board members agreed to support Chairman Ed Rolfe’s efforts to rewrite Zoning Bylaw 6, the regulation that defines non-conforming properties, in order to clarify and update it according to state bylaws. A possible revision would narrow the definition of “structure” so that landowners with non-conforming lots would not need ZBA approval for changes to small ancillary structures such as a shed or chicken coop.
Rolfe intends to pursue developing this document with the Planning Board in order to present it to the Board of Selectmen for review, and ultimately to Town Meeting for approval. ∆
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