February 24, 2021 DRB Minutes

SOUTH HERO DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD                                            February 24, 2021

Members Present:     Doug Patterson (Vice Chair), Jim Brightwell, Nate Hayward, Gareth Hunt, Liza Kilcoyne, William Rowe, Mike Welch (alternate, sitting for the hearing as full member in place of T. Maxham)

Others Present:          Martha Taylor-Varney (Zoning Administrator)

Members Absent:      T. Maxham (Chair)

Public Present            Betty Perrotte, Riaz Merali


Call to Order:              The meeting was called to order by D. Patterson at 6:00 p.m.   The meeting was conducted by Zoom web meeting software.


Changes to Agenda:   None.

Public Input:               None.

Hearing:                      Variance Request To Encroach Into Setback – Riaz Merali (21-46-RS002)


Notice & Oath

  1. Taylor-Varney read the hearing warning. D. Patterson administered the oath to the attending members of the public.

Appearing on Behalf of the Applicant

Riaz Merali, Applicant

Hearing Notes

  1. Merali said that he currently owns a single-wide mobile home on the lot at 2 Railroad Street that is 10’ x 42’ and he is looking to replace it with a double-wide that is 26.4’ x 52’. Because there is a septic tank on the Martin Road side of the home that prevents the home from being placed closer to Martin Road, he wants to encroach on the setback from the south property line to accommodate the wider home. He is looking for a 6’ variance.

In discussion with the Board regarding the dimensions of the lot and setbacks, M. Taylor-Varney said that because of the septic and leach field location and other setbacks, there is no alternative which increases conformance.


  1. Rowe asked where the main entrance was. R. Merali said that the main entrance is on Railroad Street, and the side entrance and the 4’ deck facing Martin Road was a secondary entrance. W. Rowe asked if the unit could be moved 4’ north, closer to Martin Road.  M. Taylor-Varney said that the steps were considered as part of the structure and would thus infringe on the setback to the north.
  2. Taylor-Varney asked if the unit would be on a slab. R. Merali said yes.

Hearing no further questions from the Board, D. Patterson opened the hearing to questions and remarks from the public.

  1. Perrotte asked if the driveway would stay where it is now. R. Merali said yes. R. Merali clarified that the new unit would extend a little more towards Martin Road, but mostly towards the south.  B. Perrotte said that it looked good to her.

Hearing no further remarks or questions, at 6:15 p.m., D. Patterson closed the hearing.


Old Business               None

Review of Minutes 

  1. Kilcoyne moved to accept the minutes of February 10th. G. Hunt seconded the motion, which passed by acclamation.

Administrator’s Report

Future meetings:

  • March 10th. The Anchorage is coming in for a hearing on accessory use for special events, there will also be a continuance of the hearing for the James Bond subdivision site plan.
  • March 24th. Conditional use / site plan review for a food truck at the Green Frog, and a combined 3-lot subdivision with a PUD.
  • April 14th. Bayview Crossing hearing for final site plan review.
  • April 28th. Conditional use / site plan review for food truck on Ferry Road by Victoria’s Café.

Motion to Adjourn

  1. Welch moved to adjourn to deliberative session. The motion was seconded by W. Rowe and passed by acclamation. The meeting was adjourned to deliberative at 6:24 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


James G. Brightwell

Clerk for S. Hero Development Review Board


Signed: ____________________________________________ Date: __________________

                        For the Development Review Board

These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly-scheduled meeting.  All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.