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Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes 5/4/10
Becket Zoning Board of Appeals
Approved Minutes
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Board Members Present: Joshua Lombard; Chairperson, Nick Speranzo, Robert Gorden; clerk,  and Barbara Stuhlman, Mark Burgwardt.

Board Members Absent: Susan Schneider.

Members of the Public Present: Sheila and Richard Borsari, Charles Ferris, Peter Wallach.   

Meeting called to order:  7:01 p.m.  

Review and Acceptance of April 6th, 2010 meeting minutes – Robert Gorden makes a motion to approve minutes of March 2nd, 2010. Barbara Stuhlman seconds motion; unanimous Approval.

Public Hearing: Mr. William Cichaski, 27 Western Ave, Map 211 Lot 86.
Hearing Continued.  Mr. Robert Gorden makes a motion to continue public hearing; Barbara Stuhlman seconds motion to continue. Hearing is continued until further notice.

Public Hearing: Richard and Sheila Borsari, Map 216 Lot 406, 53 Will Scarlet Drive, Applicant requests a variance.
Hearing opens at 7:05 pm.
Mr. Joshua Lombard, Chairperson, opens hearing and confirms that all fees and reimbursements have been paid to the Town. Mr. Borsari approaches board and presents them with the plot plan for the property. Mr. Borsari gives a brief presentation, explaining that the house is on a plateau and that it is not visible from the road. He goes on to explain that they would like to have a 10ft. screened porch, open in the front of the house. Mr.  Gorden confirms that the house is not seen from the road. Mr. Lombard asks the applicant where the septic system is. Mr. Borsari points out the septic system on the plan. Mr. Lombard informs the applicant if they ever decide to close in the front porch they would need to come back to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Borsari agrees to come back and reapply if that is the case.  

Mr. Robert Gorden makes a motion to approve the application as presented, any changes would require applicant to come before the board again. Mr. Burgwardt seconds motion; Unanimous Approval.
Hearing closes at 7:14. Mr. Lombard polls the board for a vote:

Application on Variance for Robert and Sheila Borsari to vary the terms of Zoning By-law 4.2.5 in the following respect: to allow a 25 foot variance from the front line set back in order to build a new 10ft. x 30ft. screened in porch. The property is located at 53 Will Scarlet Drive, Assessors’ Map 216 Lot 406.

Joshua Lombard- I vote to approve this application because the result of variance will not be significantly visible from the street because of high embankment. Permission is given with this vote for a screened-in enclosure. Any change from a screened enclosure will mean a reapplication to this board.
Robert Gorden-I vote to approve this application because the variance does not constitute a significant intrusion, no objections from any neighbors. Variance approval for a screened-in porch only, any further enclosure would require applicant to re-apply to this board.
Mark Burgwardt- I vote to approve this application because it makes better use of the property and due to location and elevation  this would not appear obtrusive, any further alteration to porch would be brought back to the ZBA for their approval.
Barbara Stuhlman- I vote to approve this application because a screened- in porch is planned; the variance, although seemingly extreme, 25ft. is, in the circumstance, not intrusive to the site, nor a problem for the neighbors. If in the future, applicant wishes to enclose the porch, he must return to ZBA for further permission.
Nick Speranzo- I vote to approve the application because the variance will not be intrusive and that this variance is for a screened in porch, all other variances must be reviewed by ZBA.
Susan Schneider- Absent.

Public Hearing- Peter Wallach, Becket Highlands LLC, Map 49.0-49.4, 263 Tyringham Road
Hearing opens at 7:15
Mr. Lombard opens hearing at 7:15 and confirms that all fees and reimbursements have been paid. Mr. Robert Gorden explains, that per the advice of Town Counsel, this hearing should be continued until after the Planning Board hearing takes place. Barbara seconds motion; unanimous Approval.

Public Participation - None
Correspondence- Read and Reviewed

Budget – Read and Reviewed

Ms. Stuhlman makes a motion to adjourn meeting; Mr. Gorden seconds motion. Meeting is adjourned at 7:40 pm.

Schedule next meeting for Tuesday, June 1st, 2010.

Signed______________________________         Date____________________
          Joshua Lombard

Signed_______________________________       Date______________________
          Barbara Stuhlman

Signed_______________________________       Date______________________
          Nick Speranzo

Signed _______________________________       Date______________________
         Robert Gorden
Signed_______________________________        Date_____________________
          Mark Burgwardt

Respectfully Submitted,

Heather Hunt
Administrative Secretary

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