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TOWN OF HINGHAM
Board of Appeals
NOTICE OF DECISION
IN THE MATTER OF:
Applicant/Owner: John S. and Daniele L. Serafini
John S. Serafini Revocable Trust and Daniele L. Serafini Revocable Trust
197 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Premises: 197 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Deed Reference: Certificate of Title No. 122864 issued by the Plymouth County Registry District of the Land Court
Plan References: Site plan entitled, "Existing and Proposed Conditions Plan," prepared by Nantasket Survey Engineering, LLC, 46 Edgewater Road, Hull, MA, dated October7, 2016 and an architectural plan set, including a proposed floor and elevation plans, prepared by Roger O. Hoit, AIA, Architect, 1175 Main Street, Hingham, MA, dated September 15, 2016, Drawings A1 - A4
SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS
This matter came before the Board of Appeals (the “Board”) on the application of John S. and Daniele L. Serafini (collectively, the “Applicant”) for a Variance from § IV-A of the Zoning By-Law (the "By-Law") and other such relief as necessary to construct a 25'x24' accessory structure located partially within the 15' required side yard setback at 197 Main Street in Residence District A.
A public hearing was duly noticed and held on October 19, 2016 at the Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street. The Board panel consisted of its regular members Joseph Freeman, Chairman, Robyn S. Maguire, and Joseph M. Fisher. The Applicant appeared to present the application. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board voted unanimously to grant the requested relief from the side yard setback requirement under § IV-A of the By-Law subject to the conditions contained herein.
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 17,851 SF of land located at the corner of Main Street and Home Meadows Lane. The lot is affected by varying grades, rising from a low of el. 16 in the front (northeast) corner to a high of el. 26 in the rear (southwestern) corner of the property. An 18' high concrete retaining wall is located between these two corners and along the westerly side property line. Additionally, the lot has an irregular shape with a width of 136 linear feet along Main Street and 103 linear feet at the opposite rear property line.
The property was previously improved by a single family dwelling in 1817. The onsite wastewater disposal system is located to the south of the residence where suitable soils exist. The proposed plan calls for construction of a 25'x24' detached carriage house/garage located adjacent to the dwelling and partially within the westerly side yard setback. The resulting side yard setback would be a minimum of 6.5' at the back corner of the structure; however, the incursion improves and is eliminated all together as the lot width increases toward the front of the garage. As the property is also located in the Pear Tree Hill Local Historic District, the proposed carriage house required approval from the Hingham Historic Districts Commission. The Commission issued a Certificate of Appropriateness approving the proposed project last month.
Based upon the information submitted and received at the hearing, the Board has determined that: