2006-12-28 / News

Shoreby Hill residence denied variance

By Sam Bari

With a 3-2 vote, the Zoning Board of Review at its Dec. 19 meeting denied an application for an addition to a Shoreby Hill house at 2 Priscilla Rd. Board Chairman Thomas Ginnerty and Board Member Dean Wagner cast the dissenting votes. All requests for variances and specialuse permits require a 4-1 vote to be approved.

“It’s another case of a big house on a small lot,” Ginnerty said. “We are not obligated to grant a variance just because people want one,” he added. Wagner said that he thought the applicants could have explored alternate methods of achieving the same goal without requiring a variance.

Board Member Richard Boren, who moved to approve the application, said that he thought the proposed plans enhanced the aesthetics of the building and improved the overall appearance of the property without imposing a negative impact on the neighborhood.

Onne and Tenley van der Wal, the applicants, represented themselves in the presentation of the proposed plans. Tenley spoke for the couple and explained the detailed architectural rendering of the plans to construct an addition to their existing single-family house.

The variance would allow the addition to be 19 feet from the front lot line where 30 feet is required. The 25- by 25-square-foot addition would add one-and-ahalf stories to the existing house and a height of only 22 feet. The van der Wals felt that the addition would provide the space the family needed and appeal to the neighborhood as well.

In other business, the zoning board unanimously approved a variance applied for by Mary Pat Ryan, whose property is located at 15 Priscilla Rd. Ryan will construct a front porch addition that will be 23.9 feet from the front lot line instead of the required 30 feet.

• Peter Flood, whose property is located at 864 East Shore Rd., withdrew his application for a variance to construct a secondfloor addition to an existing garage that is non-conforming by dimension, being 13.74 feet from the side lot line where 20 feet is required.

• An application by Peter DiBiase for an extension of a previously granted variance was also withdrawn.

• Both the Lynne and Armand Musumeci request for variance and the appeal of Roger and Mary Jane Lavallee, were granted continuances. The Lavallee appeal was continued until the board’s January meeting. The Musumeci request will be heard in February. Attorney James Donnelly of Jamestown represents both parties.

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