Zoning Board of Appeals continues Honey Hill hearing until next month

The Zoning Board of Appeals variance application hearing on the 211 Hurlbutt Street house’s potential new Honey Hill Road home has been continued until next month.

The hearing, originally scheduled for March 21, was continued until April 18 and then until May 16.

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 variance 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 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 salvage and reuse the home’s antique windows and relocate its original timber frame to a parcel of land across the street from the 94 Honey Hill Road house. The Historic District and Historic Property Commission made an agreement with Gaboriault to allow Honey Hill South LLC to relocate the home to Honey Hill Road.

On May 17, Gaboriault told The Bulletin that the May 16 Zoning Board of Appeals variance hearing was continued so that legal opinion could be sought from town counsel regarding jurisdiction since the parcel of Honey Hill land he is looking to relocate the home to is not a building lot.

Gaboriault said he was told that a variance cannot be sought for a non-building lot, “which we disagree with,” he said. The area is zoned R-2A.

The plan

If the variance is approved, Quinlan told The Bulletin, the main body of the 211 Hurlbutt Street house will be moved to “the small blank parcel of land on Honey Hill Road ... and placed parallel to the street.”

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.”

The next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20, at 7:15 p.m., in the town hall annex.