Board approves two variances, postpones third until June 3
Town beach retaining wall, Park Theatre bump out OK’ed
JAFFREY — The Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a variance for an exit for the future Park Theatre and two variances for a water retaining wall at its meeting last week. The board continued an application for a change in use variance involving the former King Manufacturing building until June.
On Friday at 6 p.m., the board went on site visits for three variance applications. Following the visits, the board met at the Jaffrey town office to deliberate and approved two of the three applications. The third will be continued until June 3.
The continued application was for a change of use variance to allow the foundation company, Algav, LLC, owned by Ezra Ketola of Rindge, to use the former King Manufacturing building on 295 Squantum Road in Jaffrey for storage. Ketola was not present at Friday’s meeting but sent a letter to the board that asked to continue the public hearing until the board’s meeting on June 3.
“The current owner, 295 Squantum Road, LLC, has retained Thomas R. Hanna, a zoning attorney from Keene to proceed with this process. Mr. Hanna needs time to learn the facts, to investigate whether the nonconforming use status of the property remains in effect, and to present additional evidence if the variance request is still needed,” the letter from Ketola read.
The board agreed to postpone the hearing until June and notify residents and abutting towns as well. “If there’s going to be an opportunity in June to give more testimony, then the abutters should be notified,” board member Marc Tieger said Friday during deliberation.
Since the board closed the public hearing portion of this application at their meeting on May 6, the board couldn’t guarantee on Friday that the public hearing could be re-opened. Before notifying residents and abutters, the board will bring this situation before town council for advise on how to proceed.
Without much deliberation, the board approved the variance to construct within the required side yard setback of 15-feet for the Park Theatre on Main Street and two variances for a water retaining wall by the town beach on Contoocook Lake. One variance is from the required 30-foot front and side setback and the other is for constructing in the wetlands conservation district.
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