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TOWN OF HINGHAM
BOARD OF APPEALS
FINDING under M.G.L. Ch. 40A § 6 and VARIANCE
IN THE MATTER OF:
Applicant/ Richard J. Heapes
Property Owner: 18 Stoddard Road
Hingham, MA 02043
Premises: 18 Stoddard Road
Title Reference: Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Book 5263, Page 286
Plan References: "Plan of Land, 18 Stoddard Road," prepared by Hoyt Land Surveying, 1287 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, dated May 16, 2014
SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS:
This matter came before the Zoning Board of Appeals on the application of Richard J. Heapes for a Finding under M.G.L. Chapter 40A Section 6 and a Variance from §IV-A of the Zoning By-Law and such other relief as necessary to construct a 12.3’ x 16.0’ extension to the rear of the preexisting nonconforming garage at 18 Stoddard Road. The proposed extension would be located approximately 12' from the property line where a 15' side yard setback is required in Residence District A.
A public hearing was duly noticed and held on July 7, 2014 at Hingham Town Hall before a panel consisting of Chairman W. Tod McGrath and Regular Members Joseph M. Fisher and Joseph W. Freeman. The Applicant, Richard Heapes, appeared to present the application.
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.
BACKGROUND and DISCUSSION:
The subject property consists of approximately 13,021 SF improved by a single family residence and detached garage constructed in approximately 1945. The detached garage sits approximately 11.8' from the westerly side property line. At the time of its construction, the Hingham Zoning By-Law required a minimum 5' side yard setback.
The proposed plan calls for an addition, 12.3' x 16.0' in size, to be constructed to the rear of the preexisting nonconforming garage. The Applicant indicated that the existing accessory structure cannot accommodate modern sized vehicles. The submitted plans show that the extension will not extend quite as far into the side yard setback as the existing nonconforming structure (12.4' proposed, 11.8' existing). There are limited alternative options for garage expansion due in part to the existing septic system located in the center of the back yard and approximately 17' from the proposed addition. The proximity of the existing residence to the existing garage would also limit access to any addition to the east of the garage. Placement of a larger garage to the rear portion of the property may be possible; however, this would require construction of a significantly longer driveway, which in turn would increase the cost.
FINDINGS AND DECISION:
The Board voted unanimously to GRANT the requested Finding under M.G.L. Chapter 40A Section 6 and Variance from §IV-A of the Zoning By-Law to construct a 12.3’ x 16.0’ extension to the rear of the preexisting nonconforming garage at 18 Stoddard Road in Residence District A. In granting the requested Finding, the Board found that the proposed construction will not be substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood than the existing nonconforming structure. In granting the requested Variance, the Board found that:
The Variance is granted subject the following condition:
The zoning relief granted herein shall not become effective until (i) the Town Clerk has certified on a copy of this Decision that twenty (20) days have elapsed after the decision has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk and no appeal has been filed or that if such an appeal has been filed, that it has been dismissed or denied, and that (ii) a copy thereof has been duly recorded in the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds and indexed in the grantor index under the name of the owner of record or is recorded and noted on the owner’s certificate of title.
For the Zoning Board of Appeals,
Joseph W. Freeman