On June 15 during a special meeting to address the Special Permit application for Augusta Rosenthal of 8 Quelle Road, the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals approved a deck addition after receiving bylaw clarification from the building inspector.
During the June 6 meeting, the board hesitated on voting on the application since it was unable to determine whether a garage/shed on the property should be factored into the equation when it came to non-conformities on the property.
In a memo addressed to the chairman, Building Inspector Scott Shippey said the board should not be concerned about a 5-foot setback and how that would affect fire and emergency access to the house once a deck is built because access to the rear of the house was not relevant.
As for the distance between the proposed deck and the abutting house, Shippey said, “I see no issues at this time.”
“I feel it fits within the character of the neighborhood,” said Chairman Marc LeBlanc. “If it were a full blown addition, then I would have no issue with it.”
The next meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for July 13 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Town House if there are any applications.
Marion Zoning Board of Appeals
By Jean Perry