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Zoning Board of Appeals 7/1/08
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Becket Zoning Board of Appeals
Approved Minutes
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Board Members Present :  Sue Schneider;Vice Chairperson,  Joshua  Lombard ; clerk ,  Donald Munger; Chairperson, Mark Burgwardt, Robert Gorden.

Board Members Absent:   James Grady

Members of the  Public Present: Madeleine Swindlehurst, Louis Pannozzo, Shirley Pannozzo

Meeting called to order:  7:11 p.m.  

Approval of  June 3rd,  2008 Meeting Minutes – Ms. Madeleine Swindlehurst  notes her proposed corrections and additions to meeting minutes. Secretary hands out copies of Ms. Swindlehurst’s suggestions to board members present. Brief discussion. Mr. Lombard makes a motion to accept Ms. Swindlehurst’s corrections. Mr. Munger seconds motion. Unanimous approval.  Ms. Swindlehurst leaves meeting before  public hearing begins.
Public Hearing: Louis Pannozzo, request for a variance at 125 Wells Road, Assessors Map 217 Lot 140
Chairperson, Donald Munger opens public hearing at 7:22 pm. Mr. Munger confirms that all fees have been paid by the applicant. Mr. Pannozzo approaches the board to explain why he needs a variance. Mr. Pannozzo explains that his house is actually 41 ft. long , not the 40 ft. long that he had originally proposed. He explains to the board members that he has scaled his proposed garage back 1 ft. to now make it 19 ft. wide to be in compliance with the original request of a 10 ft. variance. Mr. Pannozzo states that he has met with the building inspector and that he is aware of his plans. Mr. Munger advises  that he and Mr. Gorden have been to the site .  Mr. Gorden  states that the applicants plans reflect an improvement to the property, thus generating more taxes. Mrs. Schneider asks if any abutters have contacted the board in any way. Secretary confirms that  there has not been any correspondence received from any abutters. Mr. Munger asks if anyone has any additional questions. Hearing nothing Mr. Munger closes this portion of the public hearing.
Public hearing closes at: 7:29 pm

Mr. Robert Gorden makes a motion to approve a 10ft. variance from the side yard setback in order to build a proposed garage 19 ft. wide by 24 ft. long. Mr. Burgwardt seconds motion. Unanimous  approval.

Application for a Variance by Louis Pannozzo to vary the terms of Zoning By-law 4.2.6 in the following  respect: To allow a 10 ft. variance from the side yard setback in order to build a proposed garage 19 ft. wide by 24 ft long . The property is located at 125 Wells Road, Assessors Map 217 Lot 140.

Donald Munger- I vote to approve this application because the location Mr. Pannozzo wants to build the garage is the only viable location. Behind the house is too steep for construction. A garage will increase the value of the house. He meets all requirements for a variance. There is no objection from any abutters.

Susan Schneider- I vote to approve this application due to their health issues; hardship applies.

Joshua F. Lombard- I approve this application because there is no substantial drawback to the proposed plan. The other end of the house has an equal setback from the property line, and there has been no objection from neighbors or abutters. The applicant is to be commended for working out a solution with the building inspector.

Mark Burgwardt- I approve this application because it is the most logical spot for the garage. No neighbors have opposed this and this should increase the value of the property.

Robert Gorden- I vote to approve this application because there is no negative impact from the abutters , and there is no negative impact on the neighborhood. The proposed construction will greatly enhance the value of the property.
Informal Discussion- upcoming request for a dimensional special permit for Pyrzanowski, Shawnee Shore Road. Discussion requested by Berkshire Engineering. There is currently no representative from Berkshire Engineering present. Information Packets are handed out to the board members. Mr. Lombard advises that he does have prior knowledge of the lot. He states that the lot is mostly flat, however the plans submitted are unclear. Mr. Lombard explains that the property is located very close to wetlands. Mr. Lombard goes on to explain that there is an existing house there that is in complete disrepair, and that the applicants would like to tear it down completely and build a new house on the same lot but nearer to the existing garage. Plot plan is presented to board members. Board members request that the builder be called and invited to attend the public hearing to possibly clarify some questions that the board may have. Members request that the builder be asked to submit a more specific plan with out the NIC notes. Secretary agrees to call applicant and ask the builder to attend public hearing.

Public Participation: None

Correspondence-Read and Reviewed

Budget- Read and Reviewed

Other Business- Mr. Burgwardt explains the community calendars to all board members. Mr. Burgwardt advises that he would like to have all orders received by July 14th, 2008.

Mr. Munger asks if there is any other business for this evening. Hearing nothing, Mr. Gorden makes a motion to adjourn. Mr. Lombard seconds motion. Motion adjourned at 8:25 pm

Schedule next meeting for Tuesday August 5th, 2008.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Hunt
Administrative Assistant

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          Donald Munger, Chairperson

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           Susan Schneider, Vice Chairperson

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           Joshua Lombard , Clerk

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           Mark Burgwardt

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           Robert Gorden

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