Honey Hill Road variance application continued until April 18

The fate of the 18th-Century home at 211 Hurlbutt Street still hangs in the balance.

A Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on a variance application for the house’s potential new Honey Hill Road home was scheduled for March 21, but was continued until Monday, April 18.

Local architect and former Historic District and Historic Property Commission chair Kevin Quinlan asked to be allowed “a front yard setback of 16 feet” and a “rear yard setback of 25 feet” at Honey Hill Road. Zoning regulations require minimum yard space for a single-family home of 40 feet on the side and 50 feet in both the rear and the front.

In his application, Quinlan points out that the property depth is less than 100 feet, making it impossible to comply with front and rear yard setbacks. Other than the request for setback relief, Quinlan’s proposed site plan complies with all zoning regulation requirements, including those regarding septic and well design, site and building coverages and side yard setback.

The plan

The Historic District and Historic Property Commission placed a 90-day demolition delay on the 211 Hurlbutt Street property in November after receiving a notice of intent to demolish the antique home.

That fall, Honey Hill South LLC owner and historic commission member Peter Gaboriault expressed a desire to save and relocate the home’s original timber frame and salvage and reuse its antique windows. Following negotiations, an agreement was made to allow Honey Hill South LLC to dismantle and relocate the original portion of the home to Honey Hill Road.

If the variance is approved, “the main body of the 211 Hurlbutt Street house — the part containing the timber frame — will be moved to the small blank parcel of land on Honey Hill Road, across the street from the 94 Honey Hill Road house, and placed parallel to the street,” Quinlan told The Bulletin. This area is zoned R-2A.

Quinlan said a new addition would be built behind and “tee into the relocated house.”

It would be “a kitchen/family room addition with two bedrooms and a bath and laundry above,” he said, and “the 211 Hurlbutt Street portion of the overall house will become the entry hall and an office/study on the first floor, and a bedroom and bath on the second floor.”


At the request of Planning and Land Use Management Director Bob Nerney, all correspondence that had been received regarding Quinlan’s application was formally read into the record during the Zoning Board of Appeals March 21 meeting.

This included letters and emails from residents, Gregory and Adams attorney J. Casey Healy, Wilton Historical Society Executive Director Leslie Nolan, and Historic District and Historic Property Commission Chair Colleen Fawcett.

There was also a letter to Zoning Board of Appeals members requesting that the variance application be denied, signed by 16 residents of Honey Hill, Mayapple and Quail Ridge roads.

Any additional correspondence received will be read into the record at the April 18 hearing, at which Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Gary Battaglia requested town counsel be present.

The meeting on Monday, April 18, will take place in Room A of the town hall annex at 7:15 p.m.