May 10, 2023 DRB Minutes

SOUTH HERO DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD MINUTES                            May 10, 2023


Members present: Tim Maxham (Chair); Doug Patterson (Vice-Chair); Nate Hayward; Jim Brightwell; Mike Welch

Public Present: Mike Wickenden; Russell Barone; Sue Lindberg; Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)


  1. Maxham opened the meeting at 7:00PM.


Changes to the Agenda

There were none.


Public Input

There was none.


Request for a Waiver from the Lake Setback Requirement – Mike Wickenden, 16 Melcher Place (23-56-MP016)

  1. Maxham opened the hearing at 7:04PM. The warning was read, introductions made, and the Applicant was sworn in. Mike Wickenden told the Board that he bought the neighboring seasonal camp at 16 Melcher Place in 2017. There is an infestation of mice and despite attempts to eradicate them the camp has become a health hazard and he has decided it is best to tear it down and start over.  The lot is 60 feet wide, with only 10 feet in the center that conforms to the side setbacks.  The existing structure sits partially within the lake setback.  The north corner of the existing camp touches the north lot boundary.  It is also close to the eroding cliff edge.  The replacement structure will move back from the lake (still within the lake setback) and move away from the north boundary. One tree will be removed but the rest of the remaining trees will remain.  The new camp will be slightly larger and have 18” overhangs, increasing from the existing 860sf to 1175sf.  The new setbacks are measured from the dripline.  The new structure will be on piers to protect the root systems of the trees.  The septic system is being upgraded to a shared system for a 3BR seasonal home and a 3BR year-round home (the Applicant’s).  The main entrance will be moved from the lakeside to the back of the new structure.  Part of the existing paths on the north and south of the structure will be removed since the entrance location will be changed.  The corners of the new structure will be 3’ and 8’ from the north boundary, 7’ from the south boundary, and will be moved 8’ further from the lake.  The septic tank will be between the new structure and the south boundary.  Ledge prevents the tank from being moved further west.   Mike told the Board that he has received a draft approval from Shoreland Protection.


The hearing ended at 7:45PM.



Request for a Waiver from the Lake Setback Requirement – Russell Barone, 54 Richards Rd. (23-57-RD054)

  1. Maxham opened the hearing at 7:28PM. The warning was read, introductions made, and the Applicant was sworn in. Russell Barone explained to the Board that he wants to place an 8’x12’ shed within the lake setback.  The lot has a steep slope, there is a shared driveway (the camp at 52 Richards Rd. has access to their camp with permission by Mr. Barone), the existing septic system, and a replacement system location all prevent the shed from being set in the limited conforming space of the lot.  The proposed location is in the southeast corner of the lot, 40 to 45 feet from the mean level of the lake and 6 feet from the south boundary, in a level area between the lake and the driveway into 52 Richards Rd.  There will be no foundation on the shed. Letter of support ere read from Michael Wells (RD052) and Bob Buermann (RD021). The Applicant has reached out to Shoreland Protection.  The dripline of the shed will be no closer than 5’ feet from the south boundary and 39’ from the mean level of the lake.  The new shed will not impede the driveway access to the Wells lot (RD052).


  1. Welch moved to include the letters in the record; N. Hayward second. All in favor.


The hearing ended at 7:40PM.


New Business

  1. Taylor-Varney asked the Board whether Matt Bartle will need additional conditional use/site plan review for a food truck at the Brewpub. The Board agreed that he does.


Review of the April 26, 2023 minutes

  1. Patterson oved to accept the minutes of April 26, 2023, as amended; M. Welch second. All in favor.


Administrator’s Report

The upcoming hearing schedule is:

-May 24 – continuation of Island Time final site plan review; Lavin subdivision amendment. Jim Brightwell will be away. Tim Maxham will recuse from Lavin hearing.


-June 28 – Final plat review for Gammal 3-lot subdivision



  1. Brightwell moved to adjourn and move to deliberative; M. Welch second. All in favor.


Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA



Signed: _________________________________________ Date:_____________________


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