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NOTICE OF DECISION
IN THE MATTER OF:
Owner/Applicant: Mark and Kelley Truchan
Property: 19 Ship Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Deed Reference: Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Book 44832, Page 203
Plan Reference: Plan entitled, "Site Plan, 19 Ship Street -
Hingham, MA," prepared by Cavanaro Consulting, 687 Main Street,
Norwell, MA, dated October 10, 2013, marked up to show proposed garage
footprint; excerpt from the site plan marked with slope calculations;
and architectural plan set, entitled, "Truchan Residence, New
Construction," prepared by Pierce Design, 15 Beach Lane, Hingham, MA,
dated January 15, 2015, including a cover and drawings A1 - A5.
SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS
This matter came before the Board of Appeals (the “Board”) on the
application of Mark and Kelley Truchan (collectively, the “Applicant”)
for a Variance from § IV-A of the Hingham Zoning By-Law (the “By-Law”)
to reconstruct and extend an existing nonconforming garage within the
required side yard setback at 19 Ship Street in Residence District A.
A public hearing was duly noticed and held on March 18, 2015, at the
Town Hall, 210 Central Street. The Board panel consisted of its
regular members W. Tod McGrath, Chairman, Joseph M. Fisher, and Joseph
W. Freeman. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board voted
unanimously to grant a Variance from the side yard setback requirement
under § IV-A of the By-Law.
Throughout its deliberations, the Board has been mindful of the
statements of the Applicant and the comments of the general public, all
as made or received at the public hearing.
The subject property consists of approximately 8,700 +/- SF and is
improved by an existing single family dwelling and a detached accessory
structure. Both the existing home and garage were build prior to the
adoption of the By-Law, and qualify as pre-existing non-conforming
structures subject to the grandfathering protections of M.G.L. c. 40A,
§ 6. The principal structure is centrally located on the lot, almost
equidistant from the front and rear property lines at 19.9' and 16'
respectively. The dwelling is "T" shaped, with the wider front portion
skewed slightly to the south and the longer rear portion skewed
slightly to the north. The existing accessory structure is located in
the southeast corner of the lot and approximately 2.5' from the side
property line. Its footprint is 20' x 18' in size.
The property is rectangular in shape at approximately 87' in width
and 101' in length. The natural topography slopes steeply up from the
street surface. Grade changes are most severe in the northwest corner
of the lot with a roughly 27.5% slope between Ship Street and the front
of the house. Grades on the opposite side of the lot where the
existing driveway intersects with the street are more gradual.
The Applicant proposes to construct a new garage, approximately 24’
by 22’ in size, on the footprint of the existing garage, as reflected
on the Plans submitted with the Applicant’s application. The Applicant
indicated that the purpose of the project was to replace a
deteriorated, nonfunctional garage with one moderately larger that
would accommodate modern vehicles. Consistent with the existing garage
structure, the proposed garage will be situated at the top of the
driveway slope. The proposed new garage will not encroach closer to the
side yard lot line than the existing garage structure, or encroach into
the rear yard setback. The new accessory structure will occupy all
of the space occupied by the existing garage (approximately 360 SF) and
will only occupy an additional 50 sq. ft. within the side yard
setback. Most of the additional proposed footprint area of the new
garage, when compared to the existing garage structure, will be located
outside of the side yard setback.
The proposed new garage will be capable of safely garaging two
typical contemporary-sized vehicles. The proposed garage will be simple
in design, showing its gable end towards Ship Street, as reflected on
the architectural plans submitted with Applicant’s application. A small
storage loft will created above the garage bays and achieved by
raising the height of the existing structure from 14' to 22'-3".
The Applicant submitted a letter of support signed by abutters and
neighbors residing at 18 Ship Street, 15 Ship Street, 25 Ship Street,
22 Cottage Street and 13 Ship Street who all found that reconstruction
of a garage at the proposed location would be “in keeping with the
neighborhood and the scale of the properties” and that it would “not be
a detriment” to any of their properties. One resident at the hearing
questioned whether the project met all the requirements of M.G.L. Ch.
40A, § 10. The Board committed to review the statutory criteria in its
assessment of this variance application.
Based upon the information submitted and received at
the hearing, and the deliberations and discussions of Board members at
the meeting, the Board has determined that:
Upon a motion made by Joseph M. Fisher and seconded by Joseph W.
Freeman, the Board voted unanimously to grant a Variance from the side
yard setback requirement under § IV-A of the By-Law approving
reconstruction of a on the property and extension of a non-conforming
side yard setback of 2.5' where 15' is required in Residence District
A, subject to the following conditions:
This decision shall not take effect until a copy of the decision
bearing the certification of the Town Clerk, that twenty (20) days have
elapsed since the decision has been filed in the office of the Town
Clerk and no appeal has been filed, or that if such appeal has been
filed, that it has been dismissed or denied, is recorded with the
Plymouth Registry of Deeds and/or the Plymouth County Land Court
Registry, and indexed in the grantor index under the name of the record
owner or is recorded and noted on the owner’s certificate of title.
For The Board of Appeals,
Joseph M. Fisher
April 29, 2015