The third time was the charm for a three-lot subdivision application on Chatham Road, approved in a 5-2 vote Tuesday by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
Two earlier proposals to subdivide the property at 50 Chatham Road were denied on Aug. 14, 2012 and last May 28.
"Right now, all (driveway sight lines) exceed state regulations, but one driveway is still very close," he said. If it were a two-lot subdivision, "it would work fantastic."
The applicant, 50 Development, LLC, sought approval to subdivide one lot that originally had been three residential lots. The lone home on the property had been torn down after being destroyed by arson in 2011.
Calabrese agreed with Kennelly. "For me, the sight lines are just too close," he said.
"I will support this reluctantly," TPZ member Patricia Jacobson said. "I would prefer two houses, as well, but they are allowed to have three."
TPZ member Sally Parker originally said she would not support the application, but in the end voted "yes" for "the sake of not putting this through the court process."
Parker said the development was out of character for the neighborhood. "It's a neighborhood full of large, ranch-style houses," she said. "To shove three larger pseudo-Victorian houses into there, to me, is just unacceptable. This has not been sitting well with me the whole time."
But Chairman Seth Baratz said the sight lines meet or exceed requirements. "This is not a busy street," he said. "I sympathize with the neighborhood. I would prefer two as well." However, since it conforms with existing regulations, Baratz said he could find no reason to deny it.
"I think it stinks," Commissioner Gerald Alessi said. "I don't like it at all. I don't like the idea of three houses." Alessi said he went through the zoning regulations, though, and could not find a reason for denial. "It is what it is," he said.
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