By Carol Casey
At its meeting on Nov. 20, the Development Review Board (DRB) directed staff to prepare a decision approving the request by Coastal Real Estate LLC. The request is for a change of use from retail to indoor recreation for the site of the former video rental store at Tenneybrook Square. The intent is to open the Majestic Bingo parlor which will operate on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm and on Sunday afternoons. The DRB agreed that bingo meets the definition of indoor recreation, an approved use at this location, and that sufficient spaces are currently available in the Tenneybrook Square parking lot to accommodate bingo players during these hours.
The DRB also discussed an application by Christophe and Alice Lissarague for preliminary plan approval to re-subdivide two lots located off Thompson Road into five residential lots. However, the DRB determined that the new lots, as described, need to be reconfigured slightly in order to meet the setback requirements. In addition, DRB member Bill Stuono questioned whether landlocked lots are allowed in a residential area and whether there is a legal limit on the number of homes served by a private drive. According to the original proposal, one lot immediately behind the James residence would not have any frontage on Thompson Road and all five lots would be accessed by a private drive. The DRB continued their review of the application until a legal opinion on these two issues is obtained, allowing the applicants time to reconfigure the lots as needed.
The DRB also approved updates to preliminary and final plan application forms.
During a discussion of the minutes of their last meeting, which included conversations with members of the Planning Commission, DRB Vice Chair Mark Sammutt indicated that he will follow up with Planning Commission Chair Brian Precourt concerning the DRB’s suggestion that when changes are proposed within a condominium development, the condominium association should be required to submit an affidavit stating all condo owners within the development were notified about the proposed change.
The DRB will meet again on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm in the Municipal Center.