Chatham Zoning Board Approves Property Renovations Unanimously

In a recent meeting, the Chatham Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved two applications for property renovations with minimal conditions. Notably, the meeting saw the approval of a special permit for Failure Properties LLC to enlarge and convert an existing garage to a family room, and another application by James and Christine Fezio to extend a non-conforming dwelling. The board also granted a continuance for the reconstruction of a pre-existing non-conforming private residential pier after the applicant requested additional time to address regulatory challenges.

At the outset of the meeting, the Chatham Zoning Board of Appeals addressed an application from Failure Properties LLC. The project aimed to enlarge and convert an existing garage into a family room without increasing the building’s footprint or altering its external appearance. The application garnered attention due to its sensitivity to the existing structure and the proposed construction activity’s minimal impact on the neighborhood. The board members’ decision to approve the application was based on detailed deliberations that included conditions related to construction activity timelines and limitations.

Another application that stood out in the meeting was from James and Christine Fezio. They sought permission to enlarge, extend, or change a non-conforming dwelling on Arbutus Trail. The contractor for the project, Nicholas McKenzie, presented the proposal, focusing on the portico’s modest scale and neighborhood compatibility.

The board also considered the application from Christopher J. and Kathleen M. Elroy for the reconstruction of a private residential pier. The Elroys’ representative, Bill Riley, explained the historical complexities and regulatory challenges that necessitated a one-month continuance for the project. In response, the board approved the continuance and scheduled the next review for May 23rd.

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James and Mary Sullivan’s application for a property on Sur Lane was also on the agenda. The board heard support from a neighbor and three letters endorsing the project.

The applications were scrutinized for their thoroughness, potential impact on the neighborhood, and overall alignment with the community’s development goals. The board’s unanimous approvals of these applications, with minimal conditions related to construction activities, highlighted a productive and non-contentious session.

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Town Manager:
Jill R. Goldsmith
Zoning Board Officials:
Randi Potash, Paul Semple, Virginia Fenwick, David S Nixon, David Veach, Leigh Hovey, Edward Acton, Steve DeBoer, Jeffrey S Dykens (Select Board Liaison), Sarah Clark (Staff Liaison)

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