Zoning Board approves addition instead of razing

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 6:45pm
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The Zoning Board had a full list of applications to discuss for the night, but had to continue the debate to Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Zoning Board met via telecommunications on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

BI Harborview Partners II, LLC.

Plat 4, Lot 29

The one decision on the agenda for the night was the application submitted by B.I. Harborview Partners II, LLC to demolish an existing kitchen and construct an addition of 32-feet by 40-feet on the east side of the original structure east of Corn Neck Road.

Some of the board members discussed the integrity of the existing structure, and what would happen if the owner decided to demolish the existing structure. Owner Richard Hayes previously mentioned at the Aug. 26 Zoning Board meeting that he wanted to preserve the existing structure, and that issues would arise if the structure were to be demolished, such as repositioning the property’s septic tank. The board members felt an addition would be appropriate for the original structure, rather than to tear down the existing dwelling. They also expressed that if Hayes were to tear down the existing structure, he would have to return to the board. The members also noted that the septic system had previously not been identified on the application plans.

“I’m in favor of this application and believe that there is hardship,” said Chair Kate Butcher.

Member Judith Cyronak mentioned that “if demolition is required at the time of construction, [Hayes] has to come back.”

Member Keith Stover also mentioned Hayes’s previous comments on preserving the building.

“If the whole rationale is the preservation of the existing building… then it should be preserved. That should be one of the conditions, and if it can’t, they have to go back to the drawing board,” said Stover.

The application was approved by the Zoning Board.

Election of officers

During the virtual meeting, the board members also held an election of officers. Butcher was nominated as Chair, and member Robert Lamoureux was nominated to be Vice Chair. The motions were passed unanimously for the new positions. Previous Chair Elizabeth Connor had resigned from her position after many years on the board. A new member for the Zoning Board will be appointed in October for the second alternate position.

The next Zoning Board meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The agenda will include the following: Joe Lipscomb (Plat 14, Lot 30) for the enlargement and relocation of an existing accessory residential structure; Douglas and Barbara Faron (Plat 8, Lot 79), and John and Rachel Horan (Plat 8, Lot 78) both to construct walkover stairs for beach access; Nick and Pam Gelsomini (Plat 4, Lot 63) to demolish an existing single family dwelling and construct a single family dwelling, accessory residential structure, spa and in-ground pool; The ongoing Grove project (Plat 6, Lot 123) for the construction of a building for employees, and to relocate a single family dwelling onto this lot.