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Meeting Minutes - ZBA

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
6:00 P.M.
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present: Peter Fjeld, Chair, Donna Swinington, Jeff McDonough, William Shouldice
Others Present: Kate Briggs, Bernard & Louis Quesnel, Kelly & Harry Carter, Jonathan Blake, Heather LaDuke & Sandy Chicoine, Connie Carroll (after hearing) Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Call to Order/Roll Call: Meeting called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Chair and roll call.
Review Agenda: Reviewed agenda
Approval of Minutes:
Motion by Jeff and second by Donna to approve minutes of January 28, 2014. All in favor. So approved.
There is a public hearing for:
Permit Application 01-14-ZBA Applicant Bernard & Louis Quesnel, 265 Hideaway Trail, Leicester, Vermont Parcel # 212139 Zoning District Lake 1, requiring setback waiver.
Chair read the procedures and warning. There were no conflicts of interest on the Board. Persons giving testimony were sworn in.
Chair asked the applicants to present their proposal. Louis explained their application and showed their plans. He explained they are leaving the existing structure and going straight up. They will increase the footprint of the building 2 feet on the north and south side and 4 feet on the east side and the lake side will not change. It doesn’t require much ground work around the building except for the entrance side.
Louis explained they plan on repairing and replacing the existing retaining wall along the lake. They want to cap the cement dock. They want to put a side hill tram for access to the lake. Louis explained the tram.
Bill asked if they were changing the impervious surface. Louis explained that they took a garage down and impervious surface would be a driveway.
Kate asked if they had contacted the State; as the application indicated, to see if they are required to apply for state permits. Louis stated he had written a letter to Rick Oberkirch with the State and had not heard anything.
Kate attempted to make two sight visits, but weather did not permit. Kate explained that it is a very steep slope.
The Board asked if they were adding bedrooms. Louis stated they were not at this time.
Chair opened it up to adjoining property owners. No one that was present was against the project. Harry Carter requested not to block their access; understanding that during construction there may be some expected delays for adjoining property owners.
Bill asked about the narrow lots and the width of the tram. The new structure will be in the setback.
Board went into deliberative session.
Findings of Fact:
Votes by Board
  1. For use permitted within the district as by right use (as opposed to conditional use).
  2. 4 – Yes
  3. Is in conformance with the town plan and goals.
  4. 4 – Yes  
  5. Conforms to the character of the land and design reasonably limits impact upon neighbors.
  6. 4 – Yes
  7. Design used incorporates design techniques, screening or other remedies to limit impact upon neighbors.
  8. 4 – Yes
  9. Accommodates structures providing for disability accessibility, fire safety and other requirements of land or energy conservation or renewable energy
  10. 4 – Yes
Statement of Findings: Approved with conditions. No portion of the building will project beyond the 28x32 horizontal dimensions.
Public Comment: None
Motion by Jeff second by Donna to adjourn ZBA meeting at 8:00 p.m. All in favor. So approved.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley, Secretary