The Block Island Times

Zoning Board brief

Jul 10, 2013

The Zoning Board approved one project and rejected another at its most recent meeting on June 26.

An application by Robert Rose for a zoning variance to build a new shed on land owned by the John Cotter Trust (plat 7, lot 58) was denied. During the open hearing, Rose told the board that he needed to move the location of the new shed 110 feet back from where the original was located. If he built it in the old location, he said, “I’d be right up in the middle” of a tree that had grown considerably since the old shed was there. The shed Rose had intended to build was 16-feet high.

In the end, the board decided that not enough of a hardship had been proven by the applicant to approve the variance.

In another matter, the application by John Mott for a special use permit to install a full bathroom on property owned by Eleanor Mott (plat 5, lot 69-4 and 69-5) was approved. The board added several stipulations in the language of its approval, including that no change to the existing structure be made and that no “human habitation” would be allowed in the renovated structure. — Lars Trodson

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