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TOWN OF HINGHAM
Board of Appeals
NOTICE OF DECISION
IN THE MATTER OF:
Applicant/Owner: Brendan Keirnan Agent: Al Kearney
21 Forest Lane 222 North Street
Hingham, MA 02043 Hingham, MA 02043
Property: 21 Forest Lane, Hingham, MA 02043
Deed Reference: Certificate of Title No. 111229 issued by the Plymouth County Registry District of the Land Court
Plan Reference: Site plans entitled, “Kiernan Residence,” prepared by Alan Kearney Architect, 222 North Street, Hingham, MA, dated December 1, 2016 (Drawing 101); unsigned, undated rendering of the front building façade; and unsigned, undated, hand marked site plan entitled, "Kiernan Res., 21 Forest Street”
This matter came before the Board of Appeals (the “Board”) on the application of Brendan Keirnan (the “Applicant”) for a Variance from § IV-A of the Hingham Zoning By-Law (the “By-Law”) and such other relief as necessary to remove an existing garage and mudroom and construct a new garage, mudroom, and family room addition resulting in a 21' front yard setback and 14' side yard setback where 35' and 20' are respectively required at 21 Forest Lane in Residence District B.
A public hearing was duly noticed and opened on January 11, 2017. The initial hearing was continued without receipt of testimony to a duly noticed public hearing held in Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street, on January 12, 2017. The Board of Appeals panel consisted of its regular members Robyn S. Maguire, Acting Chair, and Joseph M. Fisher and associate member Jim Blakey. The Applicant and the project architect, Alan Kearney, appeared to present the request. At the conclusion of the proceedings, the Board voted unanimously to grant the requested relief subject to 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 is located at the corner of Huntley Road and Forest Lane. The lot consists of approximately 10,382 SF improved by a single-family dwelling and attached garage. The residence, which dates to 1955 based on Assessor Records, is situated at an angle such that modest, triangular-shaped portions presently extend into front, side and rear yard setbacks. An existing cesspool sits to the immediate rear of the rear of the dwelling.
The proposed plan would expand the eastern portion of the dwelling, replacing the existing, undersized garage with a wider, more functional structure. The addition would also include a new mudroom and family room. The proposed construction would result in an additional 171.5 SF incursion into the Huntley Road front yard and a 34.3 SF incursion into the east side yard setback.
Based upon the information submitted and received, and the deliberations and discussions of Board members during the hearing, the Board has determined that:
Upon a motion made by Joseph M. Fisher and seconded by Jim Blakey, the Board voted unanimously to grant the requested Variance from § IV-A of the By-Law and such other relief as necessary to remove an existing garage and mudroom and construct a new garage, mudroom, and family room addition resulting in a 21' front yard setback and 14' side yard setback where 35' and 20' are respectively required at 21 Forest Lane in Residence District B, 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,
Robyn S. Maguire
February 16, 2017