Town of Wilton, NH

Zoning Board Minutes

July 12, 2000

Voting Board Chairperson Neil Faiman; members Bob Spear, Carol Roberts & Jim Tuttle; alternate member Joanna Eckstrom.
Clerk Diane Nilsson
Agenda Ron Fournier - special exception

Mr. Faiman called the meeting to order at 7:37 p.m. and stated that he as well as Ms. Roberts and Ms. Eckstrom have seen the lot in question.

Case # 7/12/00-1 FOURNIER

Ron Fournier has applied for a special exception under the terms of section 17.3 of the Wilton Zoning Ordinance, to permit the construction of a garage 5 feet from the rear lot line and 4 feet from the side lot line on lot K-82, 180 Main Street.

Mr. Fournier stated that he wants to build a two-car garage which would hold two antique cars and a car trailer. Presently one of the cars is housed in a tent on the spot where he would like to build the garage. The other car is in the backyard under a canvas and the trailer is in the driveway. Next to the tent there is a metal garden shed which he would also like to remove. The size of the planned garage is 24' X 26' and it would have a peaked roof to provide attic space for storage. He stated that the garage will improve the neighborhood because it will consolidate all of the things in his yard now under one roof. He also felt that building it close to the property lines is in keeping with other properties in the area. He cited lots K-79, K-80, K-83 and K-87 all having out buildings either on the property lines or very close to the property lines. He said that the garage needs to be located where it is so that he can get in and out of it.

Abutter Chris Bergin stated that her property abuts Mr. Fournier's property in the back (K-81) and that she has a deck and a pool facing his lot and that she does not want to look at a garage when she is in her backyard.

Mr. Faiman read the special exception requirements (17.3).

Abutter Elmer Bergin was concerned about snow landing against his fence from the 12' pitch of the proposed garage roof.

The Board was having trouble visualizing distances since Mr. Fournier's site plan was not to scale. Mr. said that the distance from the back of his deck to the proposed garage was about 10'. Mr. Bergin said that there is a culvert that runs through his property down into Mr. Fournier's and it sits right where Mr. Fournier wants to build the garage. Mr. Fournier said that he wants to actually put a pipe into it because it has collapsed.

The Board discussed other alternatives and ultimately felt that it was too difficult to determine whether or not it was possible to locate the garage in a place on the lot that meets or better meets the setback requirements without a site plan to scale.

Motion Mr. Spear moved to continue the hearing to next month's meeting, seconded by Ms. Eckstrom with all members in favor.

Mr. Faiman stated that Mr. Fournier's hearing will be continued to the August 9th meeting. The Board also agreed to make a visit to the site at 7 p.m. the same evening. This will be considered a public meeting and will be noticed as such. The public is welcome to view the site at that time, but no discussion of the application will take place until the actual hearing resumes at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Courtroom.


Minutes - April 12, 2000

Motion Mr. Spear moved to accept the 4/12/00 minutes as written, seconded by Mr. Tuttle, with Mr. Spear and Mr. Tuttle in favor and all other abstaining.

Mr. Spear moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Tuttle. All were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Diane Nilsson, Clerk