Town of Wilton, NH

Zoning Board Minutes

June 10, 2003

Voting Board Chairperson; Neil Faiman; members Joanna Eckstrom, Carol Roberts, Bob Spear & Jim Tuttle.
Clerk Diane Nilsson
Agenda William J. Burns – special exception or variance

Mr. Faiman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and announced that the Selectmen have officially re-appointed Carol Roberts and Bob Spear for 3 year terms ending in March 2006. He also announced that alternate member Eric Fowler has resigned from the Board because he will be moving out of Wilton and closer to his job in Concord.

Motion Ms. Eckstrom moved to send a letter of thanks to Mr. Fowler. Seconded by Mr. Spear and all were in favor.

Election of Officers

Motion Ms. Eckstrom moved to elect Mr. Faiman Chairperson, second by Mr. Tuttle and 4 in favor with Mr. Faiman abstaining.
Motion Mr. Faiman moved to elect Ms. Eckstrom and Ms. Roberts as co-Vice Chairpersons. Mr. Spear seconded and 3 were in favor with Ms. Eckstrom and Ms. Roberts abstaining.

Case #6/10/03 –1 BURNS

William J. Burns has applied for a special exception under the terms of section 17.3 of the Wilton Zoning Ordinance, or alternatively for a variance to section 5.2.3 of the Ordinance, to permit the construction of two 12'x16' decks at the front of the residence on Lot K—157, 374 Main Street, which would be closer to the front lot line than otherwise permitted by the Ordinance.

Mr. Faiman explained the Board rules of procedure to the audience and then gave the floor to Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns explained that he has purchased the first house after crossing the Wilton line, on the right, when entering Wilton from the east on Main Street. He explained that the front yard is extremely steep and goes right down to the road. There are no sidewalks in front of the house. Two people have slipped down the hill and landed in the street since he has owned the home. He wants to build two decks which would cover the sloping hillside and meet the stone wall at the edge of the property. The existing stairs to the house will remain between the two decks. He went over the criteria he needs to meet in section 17.3 and presented a colored site plan, a side elevation drawing, and a water color painting of how the house and deck will look when completed. The parking area will not be affected by the location of the decks.

Abutters Stella Wylie and Kaye Tyler came in support of the project. Ms. Wiley was extremely enthusiastic about the project and said that it will do so much to improve the visual appearance of downtown Wilton.

The board felt that the applicant met the necessary criteria in section 17.3 and they stated that they appreciated the quality of the presentation.

Motion Mr. Tuttle moved to grant the special exception for the two decks as shown on the colored site plan indicating the location of the proposed structure. Second by Ms. Eckstrom with all in favor.

Mr. Faiman said that the request has been granted and the applicant will receive notice of such in the mail. He further stated, the selectmen, any party to the action or proceedings, or any person directly affected thereby may apply for a rehearing of this decision. A request for a rehearing must be filed in writing with the Zoning Board of Adjustment on or before Thursday, July 10, 2003, and must fully specify all grounds on which the rehearing is requested. (N.H. RSA 677:2) This decision shall expire on Friday, June 10, 2005 if construction on the addition has not begun by that date. (Wilton Zoning Ordinance section 17.4)

Case #5/13/03–1 BLAGBROUGH

Mr. Faiman said that Corinne Blagbrough has asked for a rehearing of her Appeal from Administrative Decision that was heard in May. The Board agreed to meet Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. to decide whether to rehear the case.


Minutes — May 13, 2003

Motion Mr. Spear moved to approve the 5/13/03 minutes as written, second by Ms. Eckstrom and 4 were in favor, with Ms. Roberts abstaining.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Diane Nilsson, Clerk
Posted: 6/16/03