Zoning Board denies Mott appeal

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 5:45pm

At the Zoning Board of Review meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 5, two matters were discussed, with one appeal being denied and one approved to move forward.

As to the first decision of the evening, Peter and Marea Mott had appealed a cease and desist order issued by Building Official Marc Tillson regarding Mott’s auto repair and towing business that he has been operating out of his home on West Side Road.

Vice Chair Kate Butcher moved to deny the appeal from the Motts, finding the appellants had violated the zoning ordinance, which states no person shall deposit, store, keep or permit “more than two dismantled, junk or abandoned vehicles, unserviceable vehicles, or vehicles legally or physically incapable of being operated, or vehicles that do not display a current safety inspection certificate on the windshield,” outside of a building or structure upon private property.

“Photographic evidence provided by the Building Official showed the appellants had deposited on their property 23 dismantled junk vehicles or abandoned vehicles that do not display current safety inspection certificates in the windshield,” said Butcher.

Butcher said the appellants “have created a junkyard on their property, by depositing junk and debris, including, but not limited to automobile batteries, used tires, used automobile parts, motors, pieces of metal, old boats, wooden pallets and old lawn mowers.”

The board agreed the appellants had violated the zoning ordinance in the Town of New Shoreham “as they have admitted to operating an automotive service and repair business on their property... and have violated and constructed an accessory structure on their property without the required building permit,” said Butcher.

The board had no further discussion, and was in unanimous favor to deny the appeal.

Overlook Realty application

Applicant Overlook Realty, LLC submitted an application for a special use permit and for an inn variance for the construction of five additional rooms for employee housing in the lower level of the Overlook, which is located next to Champlin’s Marina.

“The lot is located in the New Harbor Commercial zone. The applicant testifies that the building is currently utilized for employee housing. It is their intention to utilize the new inn rooms for employee housing,” read Connor.

Chair Elizabeth Connor read over the application, and the board approved the application.

Redd leaves Zoning Board

Member Josh Redd sat in on his final meeting tonight with the board. Connor thanked him for his time he had spent with the board.

“I would also like to say, before we leave, thank you to Josh. This is his last meeting. We are going to miss having you around and it’s nice to have somebody who can read a set of plans,” said Connor.

“It’s been nice. I’ve enjoyed being on [the board]” said Redd.

The Zoning Board of Review’s next meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.