By Kathryn G. Menu
A variance request by William Egan to allow him to construct new front steps at an existing Garden Street residence seven feet from the property line where 35 feet is normally required was formally approved by the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals at its meeting Tuesday night.
The request is part of a larger project planned for the Garden Street property that involves a four-bedroom expansion which will require Egan to raise the grade on his property to comply with Suffolk County Health Department standards for an above ground septic system. It’s a contentious point for neighbors who fear the increased grading will exacerbate flooding in an area already afflicted by cumbersome drainage.
Last month, the ZBA voted in a straw poll to grant the variance in a 3-2 vote, with chairman Anton Hagen and board member Timothy McGuire voting against the measure. The vote held true on Tuesday night, supported by board members Michael Bromberg, Benedetta Duebel and Brendan Skislock.
Since last month’s ZBA meeting, neighbors have approached both the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees and the Harbor Committee asking for help in not only countering the large development project in their neighborhood, but also drainage and flooding concerns in an neighborhood filled historic homes and year round residents.
In other news, the board also approved Sag Harbor Naturally, Inc., the company that owns Provisions Natural Foods Market and Organic Café on Main Street, Sag Harbor, for relief from the special exception requirements for a grocery store. Specifically, owners sought to waive site plan showing compliance with parking in the code and the creation of a market and municipal impact study, as well as the need to address affordable housing, so it can fully expand into the former Style Bar Day Spa site on Bay Street. Without this variance, the company would have had to wall off approximately 200 square feet of space within the Bay Street location in order to avoid triggering 2009 requirements laid out in the zoning code aimed at protecting the diversity of retail spaces in downtown Sag Harbor.
Lastly, the ZBA approved a variance to allow Lysander Sag Harbor Residence, L.P., on Amity Street, the right to construct a residence that would have a side yard setback of 22.9 feet where 23.97 feet is required, to allow for a 29.5 foot front yard setback where 35 feet are required and allow the new residence to protrude into the sky plane 453.75 cubic feet.
The next meeting of the Sag Harbor ZBA will be held on May 21, starting at 6 p.m. with a work session.