Zoning Board approves two applications for walkovers on Spring Street

Applications for two individual walkover stairs for beach access located on Spring Street were approved by the Zoning Board at a virtual meeting on Dec. 1. Applicants Douglas and Barbara Faron (Plat 8, Lot 79), and John Gardner and Rachel Horan (Plat 8, Lot 78) had submitted the applications, and had testified in public hearings on Nov. 19.
During the Dec. 1 meeting, member Steve Filippi read two written motions to approve the two applications for the walkover stairs, with Chair Kate Butcher seconding the motions. Both motions passed 5-0, with member Judy Cyronak recused.
The applications had previously been given approval by the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council, which concluded:
“The proposed bluff walkover structure is considered consistent with CRMC practice for providing pedestrian access over a coastal bluff on residential lots. Specifically, the facility is limited to 4-feet wide, there are no concrete footings (although sona tubes are acceptable), the design is properly fit to the slope to be established through non-structural shoreline protection and the base of the facility is located above the [mean high water] mark.”
The area on the bluffs where the stairs will be constructed “is also suitable for a walkover structure,

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