Town of Wilton, NH

Zoning Board Minutes

February 14, 2006

Voting BoardChairperson Neil Faiman; members Joanna Eckstrom, Carol Roberts, Jim Tuttle & Bob Spear.
ClerkDiane Nilsson
  • Carol and Matthew Ballou – variance or special exception
  • Household of Faith – variance

Faiman called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m., introduced the board members and explained board procedures for hearing cases.

Case #2/14/06–1 — BALLOU

Matthew and Carol Ballou have applied for a special exception under section 17.2 or 17.3 of the Wilton Zoning Ordinance, or alternatively for a variance to section 5.2.3 of the Ordinance, to allow them to renovate an attached barn on Lot L – 58, 14 Kennedy Street, into finished living space, where the barn is closer to a lot line than is permitted by the Zoning Ordinance.

Matthew Ballou explained that he and his wife purchased the property in July, 2005. The house is a New Englander built circa 1864 and the attached barn was built somewhat later. He said that the prior owner put a roll-up garage door on the barn, but the floor will not currently support a vehicle. He would like to add about 685 square feet to their very small house by turning the ground floor of the barn into open concept living and the attic into a bedroom. He said there is currently a kitchen in the barn, which he thinks was built in the 1950s.

William Condra, Town of Wilton Building Inspector, said that he looked at the property and didn’t see any problem with the frame of the barn it self being converted to living space, but since it was located in the setback, he felt it was not his jurisdiction to issue the building permit.

MotionEckstrom/Spear to close the public hearing. All in favor.

The board felt that if the footprint of the barn wasn’t changing, nothing was being built into the setback, then approval from the ZBA wasn’t required. Roberts asked Mr. Ballou if he was going to build any kind of an entrance. He said he would install a front door, where the current garage door is, but no deck or porch of any kind. Board members pointed out that the tax card dates the house and barn to the year 1880.

MotionSpear/Tuttle that the conversion of the existing barn to additional living space, with a single-family-use of the property, with no change to the footprint of the property, is a permitted use and does not require either a special exception or variance from the Zoning Board and that therefore the Building Inspector is authorized to issue a building permit with no further action from the Zoning Board. All in favor.

Case #2/14/06–2 — HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH

The applicant was not present and the board had had no communications from the applicant.


Minutes — November 8, 2005

Corrections: On Page 2, Spencer Brooks last name should be Brookes.

MotionSpear/Roberts to approve as amended. All in favor.
MotionRoberts/Tuttle to adjourn. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
MotionSpear/Tuttle to reopen the meeting in order to discuss Household of Faith case. All in favor.
MotionSpear/Tuttle to adjourn. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Diane Nilsson
Posted February 21, 2006