Derry ZBA grants variance to rebuild Island Pond house
Lowell said that although the new building needs a variance, it is actually the same size as the existing building on the property and sits farther from the lake, making it more environmentally sound. In addition, he said the state has approved a new septic system for the property and granted a shoreline impact permit.
To maintain good relations with the neighbor on the nonconforming side of the house, which will be 7 feet from the lot line, Lowell said there will be no second- floor windows on that side.
In granting the variance, the ZBA praised Lowell for the detail he put into his presentation.
However, ZBA member Donald Burgess questioned the change from a single-floor building to a one-and-a-half story home.
“Technically, it is a one-story structure in terms of not having a full two stories on each side of the house,” said Lowell. “It’s like a sideways cape. The side closest to the neighbor, all you will see is the roof while the second side is a dormer that runs the length of the house.”
“It’s just new; I haven’t heard of that before,” said Burgess.
Mackey also noted that Lowell had properly filed for and received a shoreline impact permit from the state.
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