Conflict with construction and local wetlands recently became a focal point for a case with the town Zoning Board of Adjustments at their February 1 meeting.
Maverick CDJR, Inc., who are owned by Puffin Realty Holdings, LLC and were represented that night by Brian Jones, are hoping to build a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership and repair shop on the 57 and 61 By-Pass 28. The property would fall within the General Commercial-2 district which allows for the sale of automotive vehicles.
However, in order to produce this project, the developers would need to demolish two existing single family mobile homes currently on the property and then construct the new facility within a seventy five foot wetlands setback.
But Jones noted that he had already spoken with the Conservation Commission on December 11 and January 8, earning their approval for the project, which was determined to be the least disruptive out of several proposals shown to the commission.
As his argument continued, Jones noted that the developers would create physical barriers between the new facility and the surrounding wetlands, with runoff being drained below the pavement of the parking lot, while also keeping a buffer between the facility and surrounding neighbors to allow for various trees to screen off their view of the building.
Jones noted that the project would fully comply with all other zoning requirements, as well as improve the value of the property significantly due to the global brand of the vehicles being sold.
Jones also felt that if they were to stay within the currently established zoning rules for this project, it would make construction essentially non-practical.
“The strict application of the zoning ordinance deprives this property of privileges enjoyed by other properties in the vicinity under identical zoning classification,” Jones argued.
As for the board’s questions, several members wondered whether or not the current buildings on this property were compliant with current zoning rules, to which Jones noted that they were not within the setback.
Alternate Even Rathburn and Member Randall Kelley both wondered where the occupiers of the property would be storing snow. Jones explained that snow would be stored on site and not anywhere else.
In the end, despite some initial confusion over how exactly the underground drainage system for the wetlands would work, the board saw very few problems with this project and decided to unanimous grant a variance for the dealership to partially occupy the wetlands.