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Gloucester City Planning Board Approves Shed

By Linda Boker-Angelo

Gloucester City News

During a brief meeting last week, members of the Gloucester City Planning/Zoning Board approved a resolution memorializing a decision reached at the June meeting, as it did not meet in July.

The Board granted a variance in June allowing Walnut Avenue resident Marcella Dempsey and her husband to keep a second backyard shed, which the homeowners had installed for additional storage last November.

But, board members had decided the building will have to be moved to comply with the Gloucester City ordinance.

Dempsey had applied for a variance to allow the prefabricated shed to remain in its current location, next to the pre-existing shed.

Both structures are positioned about one and a half feet off the rear property line, which is closer than city ordinance allows. The law states that the shed should be a minimum of five feet from the rear boundary.

Also with the addition of the second shed, the Dempseys now exceed the allowable amount of impervious ground coverage, which is 30 percent. The homeowners will now be at 32.2 percent.

Board members voted 3-1 to allow the Dempeys to exceed the acceptable impervious coverage limits by 2.2 percent, but, in a second vote, denied them the variance which would allow the second shed to remain where it stood.

The homeowners were ordered to move the shed forward so that it is at least five feet from the rear property line.

In other matters, Board members approved a Historic Commission application in which a homeowner in the 100 block of South King Street requested permission to replace a chain-link fence with a six-foot wooden fence in the rear of the property.

  The fence will be treated with a clear-coat finish.

   On a more solemn note, Board members accepted with regret the resignation of Board alternate Steve Martorano, who has served the Board off and on for about 20 years.

  The Planning Board will meet again at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, in City Hall, 313 Monmouth St.  

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