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Zoning Board of Appeals, March 12, 2024

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Continuance of Docket 3779 (9 Morton Road)

The board revisited docket 3779 concerning 9 Morton Road, which was a continuance from a prior date. The applicants were unavailable but submitted a letter requesting a further continuance to April 9, 2024. After confirming with the zoning assistant Colleen Ralston, the board granted the continuance to April 9, 2024, as requested by the applicants.

165 Franklin Street

For docket 3781 concerning 165 Franklin Street, the applicants, along with their architect, presented revised plans to the board after prior feedback. They proposed a more compact addition with increased side and rear yard setbacks. The project involves a two-story addition over the garages added onto the historic house. There were questions about the gross floor area, the roof lines, the attic, and the vegetated buffer along the driveway. Concerns remained about the massing impacts to neighbors’ views and privacy, the character of the neighborhood, and whether the addition would be in harmony with other structures in the vicinity. The board members expressed varying views, with some on the fence about the proposal, considering the beneficial aspects of front house restoration but challenged by rear addition massing. The applicants agreed to explore single-story solutions for the rear addition and potentially consult with neighbors for further inputs. A motion to continue the hearing was approved, scheduling the next session on April 9, 2024.

Administrative Items

The board addressed administrative items that were passed over previously, including written decisions for the following:
– 71 Edgerton Road: The decision was approved with an added condition concerning attic floor area and potential variance.
– 51 Birch Street: The decision was reviewed, approved, and ratified.
– 19 Chatham Road: The decision was reviewed, approved, and ratified, with a note to add the decision date.

The board also outlined its upcoming meeting schedule and discussed plans to review upcoming zoning articles for Town Meeting.

The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn, which all members approved.



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