05-17-2017 Planning Board Meeting Minutes



Call to Order: Linda Bond-Clark called the May 17th meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the New Haven Town Hall. Roll call: Linda Bond-Clark William Calderone, Patricia Parkhurst, Kathy Phelps, James Searles, Frederick Wilbur, Josh Downing and Sherrie Sitch present. Robert Parkhurst absent


James & Marilyn Kovarik Variance: 298 Shore Oaks, Tax map # 080.19-02-01, Seasonal storage building 10 feet from property line and less than 100 feet from the lake on less than 1.5 acres.

Public Hearing:

Ken Bogart: expressed concerns including:

  • The distance from the residence to the west.

  • Fire safety, with both the residence to the west and the Kovariks so close. The collapse area in a fire is 2.5 times the height of the building.

  • Accessibility of the fire hydrant.

  • The property was this size when they built on it.

  • He stated that the codes are there to protect us from the mistakes made in the past.

  • He is worried about drainage problems.

Alan Baldwin: expressed concerns including:

  • The project would impair the existing beauty of the neighborhood.

  • The building would block the view of the lake from his residence.

  • He stated that the Kovariks do not own the land in front of their house. He stated that Jacobs owns the land in front of Kovariks.

  • The property is not large enough.

Joe Corbett: expressed concerns including:

  • Many of the same concerns as previous speakers.

  • Residents of the area would lose the view of the lake.

  • He stated that the town gave away the right of way to the lake.

  • There would be no access to the lake to put out fires.

  • He asked if the Kovariks own the property where the right of way was.

Answer to concerns:

  • The Town’s Attorney answered that the court says the Kovariks own the land where everyone believed the Town had a right of way.

  • Kovarik’s deed shows that they have purchased the property in front of their property from Jacobs.

  • Kovarik’s deed shows that they have acquired a portion of the McAuley’s property.

Close Public Hearing: Having no further comments, the public hearing was closed at 7:27.

Open Regular Session: Linda Bond-Clark called the regular session of the planning board to order at 7:27.

Variances to be Considered:

  • Less than 1.5 aces

  • 10 feet from western property line

  • Less than 100 feet from the lake

Basis for Consideration:

  • A new septic system was installed to the east of the house after the property was purchased.

  • There is an underground propane tank on the west side of the property to the east of the telephone pole, by the guide wire. The tank was installed by Johnston and runs north to south. It is at least 30 feet from the proposed building.

  • The applicant wants to put the building near the property line in order to leave a wide enough access to the lake for emergencies Because of concern for public safety.

  • When the house was placed the applicant didn’t anticipate the need for the proposed building.

  • The proposed building will be at least 25 feet from the front of the property due to a court order allowing the Town to plow snow from the end of the Town road onto the property.

  • The house was placed where it is due to the space required for the septic on the east side of the house.

  • The applicants own a 28 x 34 pole barn across from 20 West Shore Oaks Dr. They have made a deal to sell it to the owner of 18 West Shore Oaks Drive because it is too big and too far away. They need a smaller building closer to them.

  • There will be no plumbing or electricity in the proposed building.

  • The proposed building will have a pored pad and will be stick built.

  • The proposed building will be constructed of wood with vinyl siding matching the house.

  • The proposed building will be a one story structure with a 8/12 pitch and no loft.

  • The property is mostly sand and drains well. Run off from plowed snow is not anticipated to be a problem.

  • It has not been determined yet if there will be gutters on the proposed building.

  • There is a retaining wall with a second retaining wall at the lake.

  • There was a sea wall there before the house was built.

  • When asked about the possibility of a smaller building the applicant said it would have one car bay for a boat.

  • Fire loading is a concern.

  • The existing house has a 2 car garage.

  • The applicant started with vacant land when building the house.

  • There is a tree by the sea wall.

Special Meeting: Motion by Fred Wilbur, second by William Calderone to hold a special meeting on May 31st at 7:00 to take action on the application. Linda Bond-Clark, Aye; Josh Downing, Aye; William Calderone, Aye; Patricia Parkhurst, Aye; Kathy Phelps, Aye; James Searles, Aye; Fred Wilbur, Aye. Carried. On May 19th Fred Wilbur, Bill Calderone and Josh Downing will meet with the Kovariks at 3:00 to look at the property and the proposed placement of the building.

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:22 by motion of James Searles, second by Frederick Wilbur. Unanimously carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Debra J. Allen

New Haven Planning Board Secretary