Septic upgrade paves way for Queechy garage

CANAAN–The town Zoning Board of Appeals has unanimously approved the application of Tony and Ann Zinzer for a variance to permit construction of a 15’ x 30’ garage by their summer residence at 55 Loop Hill Road on the shore at Queechy Lake. The Zinzers were represented at the ZBA hearing by neighbor, friend and year-round Canaan resident, Sallie Lavalle.

At the October 29 meeting Mrs. Lavalle and ZBA Chairman David Cooper discussed the proposed project, which resulted from construction of an upgraded septic system on an odd shaped lot. That construction necessitated removal of a large storage shed. Mr. Cooper that it “seems rational to do this,” adding that the applicants were replacing what they previously had and that the structure “fits well on the odd-configured property.”

Mrs. Lavalle presented copies of 25 notices that had been mailed to neighbors. Of the 25, just one responded and that person was in favor of the garage project.

Ms. Lavalle said that Mr. Zinzer has been an active member of the Queechy Lake Club for over 20 years and leads volunteer water testing, including fecal testing, in front of his own property and around the lake, which indicates his commitment to a clean lake.

Construction of the new garage will take place in spring 2019.

Also at the meeting the ZBA discussed a late application that appeals an October 1 ruling by Lee Heim, town code enforcement officer with regard to compliance with lighting regulations. At issue is a dispute between two neighbors in East Chatham as to whether changed lighting is too bright, too obtrusive and a nuisance. Board members tabled the item in anticipation of visits after dark to see for themselves.

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