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NOTICE OF DECISION
IN THE MATTER OF:
Owner/Applicant: Falconeiri Construction, Inc.
Premises: 73 Winter Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Deed Reference: Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Book 44205, Page 32
Plan Reference: Plan entitled, "Plot Plan for
Addition," prepared by Grady Consulting, LLC, 71 Evergreen Street,
Suite 1, Kingston, MA, dated November 10, 2014 and elevation plan,
entitled, "Garage (2 Car)," prepared by Campbell/Smith Architects,
Inc., 22 Depot Street, Duxbury, MA, dated November 5, 2014, Sheet 1 of
SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS
This matter came before the Board of Appeals (the “Board”) on the
application of Falconeiri Construction, Inc. (the “Applicant”) for a
Variance from § IV-A of the Hingham Zoning By-Law (the “By-Law”), to
construct a two-car garage in substantially the same location as the
pre-existing non-conforming single-car garage currently located on the
Property at 73 Winter Street in Residence District A.
A public hearing was duly noticed and held on December 17, 2014, 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. The Applicant was represented by Attorney Jeffery A.
Tocchio of Drohan Tocchio & Morgan, P.C. 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 Premises is a 16,086 +/- s.f. parcel located on the west side of
Winter Street, approximately 125’ south of the intersection of Leavitt
Street. The subject property currently contains an existing one story
shed-style garage, 12’8” x 18’6” in size with a wooden plank floor and
sloping rear roofline. Both the existing garage and home were built in
1925, 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 existing garage is located entirely within
the required 15' side yard setback, and is approximately 7” from the
northerly property line. The driveway slopes upward to the west from
Winter Street to the existing garage and to the proposed location of the
second garage bay. An existing septic holding tank is located
towards the “center” of the property, which limits the placement of a
structure due to Title 5 and Board of Health Regulations. Winter Street
is restricted to one-way vehicular travel, directed from Leavitt
Street to the south, downhill to Main Street to the north; and is sparsely-developed.
The Applicant proposes to construct a new garage structure,
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 proposed new garage will not encroach closer to the
side yard lot line than the existing garage structure, or encroach into
the 25 foot front yard setback. The new garage structure will occupy
all of the space occupied by the existing garage structure
(approximately 231 SF) and will only occupy an additional 109 SF 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. Consistent with the existing
garage structure, the proposed garage will be situated at the top of the
driveway slope. The precise location is set by the location of the
existing Title V Septic System on the Property, as required by the
Board of Health. The proposed garage will be simple in design, showing
a gable towards Winter Street, with a small storage loft, as reflected
on the architectural plans submitted with Applicant’s application.
The proposed garage will improve safety for future owners of the
Property, as well as other motorists using Winter Street, by reducing
the need for future owners of the Property or their guests to park on
the west side of Winter Street.
Based upon the information submitted and received at the hearing, and
other information available to the Board, the Board has determined
Upon a motion made by Joseph W. Freeman and seconded by Joseph M.
Fisher, the Board voted unanimously to grant a Variance from the side
yard setback requirement under § IV-A of the By-Law approving
construction of a new two-car garage on the Property, subject to the
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,