The Block Island Times

Zoning Board reviews applications

By Stephanie Turaj | Jan 30, 2014

The Zoning Board discussed two final applications at its Wednesday, Jan. 22, meeting. The board denied one resident’s application to build a deck, and has not yet issued a decision on another application to build a garage.

Howard Donnelly applied to build a deck on his South East Road property (plat 8, lot 40). The proposed deck location would need a variance because it does not conform to a 50-foot setback required by Zoning Ordinances.

The board denied this application because there is another area on the property where the deck could be built.

“[He doesn’t] need a variance at all to build a deck in the front of the property,” commented Board Chair Elizabeth Connor.

Also, the board heard an application by Lynn and Martha Temple to build a detached garage on their property off Spring Street (plat 8, lot 134). The proposed garage needs a variance because it is not within the 50-foot setback requirement.

Erik Wallin, attorney for the property owners, explained that this would be the best place to build the garage. There is another area where it could be built. However, Wallin said this area would obstruct a neighbor’s viewshed.

The board is expected to issue a written decision on this application at its March 5 meeting.

The Zoning Board discussed three preliminary applications at its Wednesday meeting. One is an application by North Light Fibers (plat 7, lot 33) to install a solar electric system. A second is for construction of front deck stairs at a Mansion Road property (plat 3, lot 125). A third is for an addition to a single family home off Spring Street (plat 8, lot 141).

There will be formal hearings on each of these applications at the board’s March 5 meeting.

Also, the board cancelled six hearings scheduled to occur at the Jan. 22 meeting. Cancellations occurred for various reasons. Some were weather-related, others can not occur until the Planning Board rules on the same applications. Most hearings were rescheduled for the board’s March 5 meeting.

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