2007-10-04 / News

Fernwood unanimously denied by zoning board

By Sam Bari

Fernwood Building Company's request for a variance to construct a mixed-use residential and business building on a property at 27 Luther St. was unanimously denied at the Sept. 25 meeting of the Zoning Board of Review. The application was strongly opposed by abutters and neighbors at the August meeting of the board. Some could not be present at that meeting.

Chairman Thomas Ginnerty said at the August meeting that opposing parties had a right to present their concerns and the board members agreed. The panel voted to grant a continuance on the matter to the Sept. 25 meeting, which began an hour earlier than usual so opposing parties could be heard. More than ten people attended to oppose the application. The board also received 15 letters of opposition from those who could not attend. The board agreed with the concerns of the opposition and denied the application.

In another matter, the board voted 4-1 to approve Beth Smith's second application for a special use permit to build a single-family house at 86 Orient Ave. Chairman Ginnerty gave the dissenting vote because he felt the case should go back to the Planning Commission for a recommendation since the original request was denied by the board last June.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer approved the application and said it wasn't necessary for Smith to present to the entire commission because the plans met all the criteria for approval. Providence architect Chris Tuck, who designed the house, eliminated all sections of the original plan that required variances for setback.

Vice-Chairman Don Wineberg agreed with Bryer that the case could move forward as did the remainder of the board. Smith was represented by Jamestown Attorney John A. Murphy.

The board unanimously approved Conanicut Marine Services and owner Bill Munger's request to modify an existing special use permit for the Taylor Point Boatyard facility on Conanicus Avenue. Board members agreed that the application to build a facility for washing boats that used rainwater collected in an existing cistern and recycled the wash water was an environmentally sound decision. The system also collects any contaminates from the wash water and eliminates the chance of chemicals, metals, or any other pollutants entering the groundwater and contaminating the ecosystem.

The application required the equipment for the system to be stored in an 8- by 10-foot shed attached to the east wall of an existing shed and an upgrade of electrical service from 100 amps to 200 amps. A concrete wash water collection pad, approximately 40- by 80-feet, and a 20- by 85-foot storage shed would also be built. Robert Lewis from Oil Trap Environmental, the manufacturers of the boat wash system, assisted attorney John A. Murphy and Bill Munger in the presentation to the board.

Jacqueline and Anthony Lampasona's request for a special use permit to construct a new singlefamily residence at 15 Bark Ave. was unanimously approved by the board. The applicant intends to replace an existing structure, that is not in compliance with current zoning codes, with a new building and septic system that is in compliance with all building codes. The applicant came to the zoning board with a Planning Commission recommendation for approval. Mary Meagher, a Jamestown architectural designer drew the plans and assisted Attorney Mark Liberati, who represented the Lamposanas in the presentation.

Windridge Properties request for a special use permit and appeal to the Zoning Board of Review sitting as the Planning Board of Appeal was continued until the October meeting of the board.

Allan and Nancy Randall's request for a special use permit, Peter Johnstone's request for a variance, the Clancy's reconsideration case, and Patricia Ouimette's request for variances were also continued until next month.

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