Special Permit Granted for Harbor Road House Replacement

            The Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals met on September 17 via Zoom to hold a brief public hearing on Case No. 1453, in which Brenda and Rocco Franciose Jr. of Natick were awarded a Special Permit to demolish a single-family house built in 1955 on a nonconforming, 2.5-acre lot at 1 Harbor Road, HB and replace it with FEMA-compliant, a single-family house within a FEMA Flood Zone. The existing property also included a shed built in 1983 and an outdoor shower installed in 1994.

            “We are not proposing to increase the existing nonconformities as far as setback to property line,” said Bob Field of Field Engineering, who added the new house will be larger and will cover 24.4 percent of the lot but, at 34 feet, 4 inches in height, will not reach the 35-foot maximum allowed.

            ZBA Chairman Susan Akin said the town had received no correspondence from abutters, and there were no comments or questions from the public in the hearing. Members of the board stated no issues, affirmed the project’s compliance, and did not hesitate to unanimously vote their approval.

            When the project went before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission last month, it received a negative determination of applicability. At that hearing, Field said the project would include a new septic system and include a recharge trench system to handle stormwater runoff, and would adhere to all FEMA regulations.

            The next meeting of the Mattapoisett ZBA is scheduled for Thursday, October 15.

Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals

By Mick Colageo

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