ZBA Approves ‘Dirt Road’ Dwelling

The Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit for the new construction of a single-family house that lacks public way frontage during a 10-minute pre-holiday meeting on December 19.

            Nicholas Christy sought a special permit to construct a single-family house in conformance with FEMA regulations at 20 Howard Beach, a 7.5-acre parcel that fronts a dirt road right of way.

            Engineer Rich Rheaume of Prime Engineering said there was once a structure on the site, a structure that was built decades ago. The new house will be a one-story home on stilts to elevate it 20.5 feet above the flood plain.

            The house will have a seashell driveway leading to a parking area for vehicles beneath the elevated house, and an exterior staircase leading from the ground level up to the habitable space.

            The neighborhood along the eight-house dirt road has municipal sewer service.

            “I think it’s a good idea that you can be able to park your car under your house,” said ZBA member Colby Rottler, adding that he himself enjoys a similar arrangement on his property.

            Building Commissioner Andy Bobola asked Rheaume to confirm if the plan contained the required addition of two feet in elevation as per the structure’s proposed location within the velocity zone, which Rheaume did confirm.

            No neighbors or abutters were present for the public hearing, and no one presented any letters or comments opposing the new house.

            “I think it’s a nice project,” said ZBA member Anthony Tranfaglia.

            Rottler agreed.

            The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for January 16 at 6:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Town Hall.

Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals

By Jean Perry

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