ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS AGENDAS / MINUTES

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS AGENDA/ November 17, 2020 at 6pm

Downstairs, Community Room, Town Hall                 

posted 8:40am on 10/26/2020  

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

The Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a conference-call/hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @6:00 p.m. to act on an application filed by James and Denise Imprescia, Comer of Calvin and Ashmere Road, Parcel number 555- 560 at Lake Ashmere, Hinsdale, MA 01235 (Map 112, Lot 84) for a variance. The application is to build a 2-story year round home on the property/parcels listed.

 

Copies of the permit application and plans are available for examination by clicking here.

The Public is welcome to participate in the conference-call/hearing by calling: 413-449-5095; code 706954#. Please call 3-5 minutes before the conference­ call/hearing is scheduled to begin.

 

Terry Douglas ZBA Clerk

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES / November 17, 2020 at 6pm

Downstairs, Community Room, Town Hall                 

posted 8:3am on 11/24/2020  

 

Meeting was called to order at 6:02 pm by Jeff Viner

Present:  Jeff Viner-Chairman

                 Bruce Alexander

                 Dan Thornton

                 Richard Scialabba (Alternate)

                  Terry Douglas-Clerk

                  Cam Brown-architect

                   James and Denise Imprescia by teleconference

                   Michael and Rhea Scott by teleconference

                   Everyone was wearing masks during the meeting

 

 Jeff Viner called the meeting to order and read the application. The variance is needed because the frontage needed is 150 feet and there is only 135 feet and the lot size needed is 40,000 feet and there is only 18,200 feet.

Jim Imprescia thanked everyone for allowing them to present their application. They want to move and build the house to be closer to family.  They are retiring and want this to be their permanent year-round residence.

Jeff Viner recused himself from voting as he has been advising Jim and Denise Imprescia and may be the builder but at this time no contracts had been signed. They had applied earlier but cancelled because the original house was too big and would not fit the property and neighborhood. They then hired Cam Brown to do blueprints on a smaller home.

Jeff Viner asked if there had been any responses from any abutters. Terry Douglas said no letters for or against had come in.  She received one phone call from Rhea Scott asking if there was septic or was there a town hookup. Terry Douglas explained she did not know so Rhea Scott was going to contact someone from the sewer and water dept.

Michael Scott spoke by phone and explained he and Rhea live at 118 Calvin Road which is the last house on the street. He said he had been told they were the last property that had a town hook up and was concerned the road would be torn up to put in a hookup for the new house.  Richard Scialabba explained if they were paying a sewer betterment fee then there is a hookup already on the property. He had also contacted the sewer and water inspector and was told there is a hookup for the sewer. Rhea spoke and said she had also contacted Bud Hall about the sewer hookup. Jeff Viner said if they do have to tear up the dirt road it would only take 2 ½ hours and they would have ample notice and there is another way to get out of their house.

Michael Scott asked if they would have to put in a well on the property and Jeff Viner said they would have to put in a well.

Michael Scott asked would the driveway go on the Ashmere or Calvin road. Jim Imprescia said it would probably go on the Ashmere Road side. Cam Brown said there would be a screen porch over the garage.

Michael Scott asked if there were enough feet from the lake setback of the high water mark to the house and Cam Brown said yes there are enough feet. Cam Brown said the permit would probably have to go to the conservation committee if approved by the ZBA.

Michael Scott expressed concern about the construction and noise from the house being built because it would impact rental income from their house. Jeff Viner explained that there are restrictions on not starting work before 7am and no work on Sundays. If there is a violation, they could contact the police department.

Michael Scott asked what is the process if someone wants to appeal the ZBA decision. Jeff Viner explained there is 20 days for abutters to appeal the decision. They would have to hire a lawyer at their own expense and it would then go to land court.

Jeff Viner asked Cam Brown if he felt the design of the house would fit into the neighborhood and Cam said yes it would.

Jeff Viner asked James and Denise Imprescia if they had anything to add. Denise Imprescia said she was really looking forward to being closer to family. She had also grown up on the lake and could not wait to move back.

Cam Brown explained that these lots would add up and make it one of the bigger lots on Lake Ashmere.

Michael Scott asked would the new house face out on the Calvin or Ashmere Road. He said he would like it better if it was facing the Ashmere Road. Cam Brown said probably would be the Ashmere Road but it would depend on the sewer lines.

Michael Scott asked if the two lots at the end would be leveled out.  Cam Brown said that was the plan unless it caused problems to the neighbors.

Dan Thornton asked would the sewer capacity be big enough. Cam Brown said it is big enough and that it is gravity fed down to the grinder.

The vote taken was unanimous to approve this application for the variance of the shortage on their set back of the property.  

Motion to close the meeting at 6:33 pm.

To read the Notice of Imprescia Decision, click here.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS AGENDA / October 20, 2020 at 6pm

Downstairs, Community Room, Town Hall                 

posted 6:20pm on 10/14/2020  

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

 

Meeting to act on an application filed by Glasser Nominee Trust, 144 White Birch Lane, Hinsdale, MA 01235 (Map 114, Lot 020) for a special permit.  The application is to add an addition on their existing house.

 

The board will also review and vote on extending the variance for

Maggie MacWilliams of 31 Old Dalton Road, Hinsdale, MA 01235 to replace existing mobile home with a new modular home that is 49’ x 26’ on a non-conforming building lot.

 

Adjourn

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES / October 20, 2020 at 6pm

Downstairs, Community Room, Town Hall                 

posted 6:10pm on 10/21/2020  

Meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Jeff Viner

 

Present was:  Jeff Viner-Chairman

                       Bruce Alexander

                       Dan Thornton

                       Terry Douglas-Clerk

                       Randall Locklin by teleconference

Everyone was wearing masks during the meeting

 

Randall Locklin explained they were adding a 12’ x 12’ addition to the street side of the house.  The setbacks now are 7’2” on one side of the house and 17’6” on the other side and so the side they are putting the addition will be going to 8’ instead of the 7’2”.  The new addition will be 2’1/2 feet longer. The new addition will be the same look and style that is already there. When the original house was built in 1965 so there was no zoning in place back then. They will not be adding a porch on to the new addition. Jeff Viner asked why there was an excavator on the property already.  Randall Locklin said they are removing the existing old addition. They are building to square of the house and add a bedroom.

Jeff Viner asked if there had been any responses from any abutters. Terry Douglas said no one had contacted her. We did not have anyone show up for the meeting.

The vote taken was unanimous to approve this application for the variance of the shortage on their set back of the property.  The variance was granted contingent on approval of the Conservation and Building Inspector.

 

Maggie MacWilliams requested to extend the variance to replace the mobile home with a modular located on 31 Old Dalton road, Hinsdale, MA 01235. The work has to be started by 10/20/21. If it does not start by that date Maggie MacWilliams will have to reapply. The vote taken was unanimous to approve the extension.

 

Motion to close the meeting at 6:15 pm

To read the Notice of Glasser Decision, click here.

Zoning Board of Appeals Agenda / September 28, 2020 at 6pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St, Hinsdale, MA

posted 9/14/2020 at 7:30pm

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

 

6:00 PM   Open Meeting to act on an application filed by Ward and Marion Tinney at 350 Longview Avenue, Hinsdale, MA 01235 (Map 406, Lot 6) for a special permit. The permit is to build a new dwelling on the property.

 

Copies of the permit application and plans are available for examination at (https://hinsdalemass.com/zoning-board-of-appeals-zba).

 

The public is welcome to participate in the conference call, please call 3-5 minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES / September 8, 2020 at 6pm

Downstairs, Community Room, Town Hall                 

posted 9:40am on 10/2/2020  

 

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Jeff Viner

Present:  Jeff Viner-Chairman

                       Bruce Alexander

                       Dan Thornton

                       Terry Douglas-Clerk

                       Marion Tinney-applicant

                       Robin and George Knapp

                       Evan Knapp             

                       Everyone was wearing masks during the meeting

 

Marion Tinney explained that as they are getting older and are turning more of the running of the Fernwood Campgrounds to her daughter and son in-law Robin and George Knapp. They want to build a house for their grandson Evan Knapp on the property because he also works at the campground.  It will be close to the barn and 300 yards left of the propane tank. Robin Knapp said that Fox Modular will be doing the work.  They had already been up to see where would the best part to place the house.  Jeff Viner said it may be a problem with having a second home on one lot.  Marion Tinney told us that the existing building is the office and she and Ward live upstairs and the new house would be the only residential dwelling.

 

Jeff Viner asked how much of their frontage had been given to Mike McNeil.  Marion Tinney said 75 feet was given to Mike McNeil leaving them with 150 feet of frontage.  Jeff Viner looked on the Assessor site to see what zone the property is in. The property is in R5 which they would need 250 feet of frontage.   

 

Bruce Alexander asked if there would be an issue with wetlands. George Knapp said the property goes back to the reservoir and that is where the little streams are located.  None are near the buildings are the campgrounds.

 

Dan Thornton asked about the placement of the new house in proximity of the propane tanks. George Knapp said the tanks are at least 300 feet away.  Jeff Viner said that would be an issue for the building inspector.

 

The vote taken was unanimous to approve this application for the variance of the shortage on their frontage of the property.  The variance was granted contingent on the side setbacks being in compliance. The second contingent was that the planning board approves a second building on the lot. Mr. and Mrs. Tinney will also be contacting the building inspector and the conservation committee.   

 

Motion to close the meeting at 6:20 pm.

To read the Notice of Decision, click here.

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