DRB approves new greenhouse on Shelburne Museum lot

By Carol Casey

The Development Review Board (DRB) dealt with a full agenda at their meeting on March 6, resolving eight issues carried over from a previous meeting that lacked a quorum, as well as approving an application from the Shelburne Museum to build a greenhouse and hearing a request for a setback variance on Northern Heights Drive. 

Construction of three different seawalls to control lakeside erosion were approved for the Saar property at 3735 Harbor Road, the Senior property at 72 Pine Haven Shores, and the Liu property at 6 Pine Haven Shores Lane.

Two new subdivision initiatives were approved and will move forward to the next steps in the process: James Bahrenberg’s plans to subdivide his property at 75 Northside Drive into six residential lots and one open space lot, and William Posey’s proposal for a five residential lot subdivision at 1240 Webster Road.

Three other property owners also had their plans approved.  Karen McAndrew and Frederic Allen now have permission to enlarge and perhaps enclose their porch at 212 Clearwater Road; amendments to the final plat application filed by Charles and Valerie Maniscalco for changes made in the roadway and driveway at 22 Silver Fox Cove were approved; and Don and Cherly Appe were allowed to modify their zoning permit for constructing their new home at 4279 Harbor Road within the footprint of the original house on the property.

In new business, the DRB approved the site plan and design review application by the Shelburne Museum for the construction of a 750 square foot greenhouse in the southeast corner of the lot housing their administrative offices at 5555 Shelburne Road.

Lastly, the DRB heard a request from Erica and Kraig Richard for a setback variance which would allow them to leave a trailer used to house supplies for his glass studio in place at 275 Northern Heights Drive. At present, the trailer is located within the required side yard setback.  Mr. Richard argued that the trailer is located next to an undeveloped lot adjacent to the quarry and that it would be both difficult and expensive to relocate it elsewhere within their property.  DRB Chair Conard pointed out that setback variances can be issued only when property owners could not otherwise make effective use of their lot which is not the case in this instance because the Richards already have a home and two-car garage on their property.  In the end, the Richards decided to ask the Planning Commission to amend the setback requirement so that the trailer could remain in place.

The next meeting of the Development Review Board will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm in the Town Center.

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