Zoning Board hears plans for two dwellings

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 5:30pm

The Zoning Board held public hearings, but made no decisions, on variance requests for two homes at its virtual meeting on March 3. The Board also approved the town’s requests relating to a new walkway at Andy’s Way, and one other application.

In the first hearing, Pam Piper and Anna Pearce explained they were seeking a variance for construction of a bathroom, a bay window, outdoor shower, and a shed dormer for a small house off Lakeside Drive (Plat 11, Lot 43) that they had purchased with their spouses in 2020.

Architect Tracey Dillon called the property “this little gem of a house on Lakeside Drive – a coming home to Block Island: that place where family members from far-away places will travel to be together, to gather.”

“Pam and Anna respect the historic style and scale of the house and don’t want to make big or jarring changes,” Dillon continued. She described the plans as “primarily working within the existing footprint with small additions and dormers… to add a half bath on the first floor; and on the second floor, a main bedroom suite with bathroom and shared hallway bathroom.”

On the first floor, adding a new bay window to the north-facing parlor would result in moving and enlarging the outdoor shower to the west side of the house, “where it will get more sun and be more convenient to the main entry,” said Dillon.

Abutters John and Kelly Walter joined the public hearing, stating “Our only concern was the west-facing dormer with the windows,” said Walter.

Pearce said she had communicated with the Walters about their concern for privacy.

“I think most of the clarifications that John and I worked through over email were things we had already taken into account in our design. The only thing we changed was obscure glass instead of clear glass,” said Pearce.

Zoning Board Chair Kate Butcher’s motion to close the hearing and to take the application under advisement was passed unanimously by the board.

Addition to family dwelling

Dillon spoke again for applicants Nina Stack and Chris Adeney’s request for a variance to build an addition to a single-family dwelling off Center Road (Plat 18, Lot 51), purchased in 2018.

The owners were “lured back to Rhode Island,” said Dillon. “They are looking to retire in the house in the future. The house is comprised of a two-story piece which is adjacent to a (slightly narrower) one-story piece.” The proposal before the board “is to fi ll in that six-foot by 11-foot missing area – matching the widths of the two pieces – and add a second story,” said Dillon.

With no comments raised from the public, Butcher made a motion to close the public hearing and to take the application under advisement. The motion passed unanimously.

Final decisions

The Zoning Board adopted two fi nal decisions. The Town of New Shoreham received a special use permit and a variance for construction of a new public shoreline access walkway at Andy’s Way; and Jason and Lindsey Methia’s request for a variance for construction of a single-family dwelling and an accessory structure off Payne Road (Plat 9, Lot 75).