Carport to be removed from town-owned land in Dublin

  • Dublin Rotary Park in Dublin offers hiking, picnicking, and access to Howe Reservoir Staff Photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/29/2021 3:46:06 PM

A carport built partially on the town-owned Dublin Rotary Park is to be relocated off town property, after the Dublin Zoning Board gave approval for its new location on Thursday.

James Beeler, owner of 399 Main Street, which directly abuts the park, appeared before the board Thursday night to request a variance to move the carpark fully onto his property, though within the property setback.

Beeler explained there is no visible boundary line between his property and the park, and when he built the carport 12 years ago, he believed it to be completely on his land. He didn’t learn otherwise until several months ago, when the Conservation Commission completed a survey of the park, and it was discovered a portion of the steel-frame structure had encroached on town land.

The Beelers also built a horseshoe pit over the lot line, and had cut some trees in the area.

In an agreement with the town, the Beelers agreed to remove any permanent structures on town land, and to pay for a portion of the cost of the survey of the property and the cost to install survey pins.

Beeler’s property is about 0.6 acres, and the other current structures on the property don’t allow him to put the carport outside of the 35-foot setback allowed by the zoning ordinance. He requested the board allow him to move it within four feet of the eastern property line and 12 feet from the northern property line.

Select Board Chair Chris Raymond attended the public hearing for the variance, and said the Select Board had met with Beeler, and come to the agreement, and were satisfied with the outcome. The land next to Beeler’s property is conserved, and not a residence, and isn’t widely used by people in the park.

“It would in no way impact or impede access to the town land,” Beeler said.

Zoning Board member Charlie Champagne asked if the town had explored other options to resolve the issue. At least once before, there had been a lot line adjustment on the property, approved by Town Meeting in 1992, which moved the lot line to accommodate a barn on the property.

Raymond said the Select Board had discussed that as a solution. Ultimately, he said, they couldn’t support it.

“We did come to an agreement that a lot line adjustment was not viable, because it sets a precedent,” Raymond said.

The Select Board had worked with Beeler to come up with a solution that was suitable for both parties, Raymond said. Beeler agreed, saying he was satisfied with the solution and prepared to follow through with the agreement to move his carport.

Raymond said the town didn’t have an objection to the car port being within the setback.

“This is a conserved park. It would be asking a lot to put a building within four feet of a house. But this is a conserved property, not to be built on, and that changes things, in our mind,” Raymond said.

The board unanimously approved the variance request. Beeler has submitted a building permit to relocate the structure, which was on hold pending the outcome of Thursday’s hearing.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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