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LAND DEVELOPER Eugene DelVecchio stands on Leisure Lcc Road From right-of-way for a new road has been cut through forest ou hill behind. DelVecchio says if he is not allowed variance for building lots smaller than zoning minimum, road will have to be built elsewhere, leaving this area gcarretl. Planning Board opposes variance on lot size for Leisure Lee a LEE -- The Planning Board has recommended that the Zoning. Zoning. Board of Appeals deny a variance sought by Leisure Lee to develop lots smaller than the minimum required by Lee's zoning bylaws. The bylaws require that build- Ing lots in areas not served by either public sewer or water systems be at least 40,000 square feet, somewhat less than a full acre. According to Eugene DelVecchio, DelVecchio, president of Barmim Investment Corp., Inc., the developer. developer. Leisure Lee, initially had 155 lots laid out that were 15,000 square feet and up. Of these, 75 have been sold and 31 now have buildings on them. The remaining SO are yet to be sold, but no variance is needed on these lots since they preceded preceded the present bylaws. 39 new lots Engineering has already been done on an additional 39 lots along three proposed struts east of Leisure Lee Road, which runs from Route 20 in East Lee s o u t h e r l y to Goose Pond, through the heart of the 300- acr? development. These 39 lots average 20,000 to 22,000 square feel, or nearly half an sere, and the engineering engineering has already been done on this portion of the development, apparently on the assumption that Leisure Lee could continue operating on its original formula, formula, the town's current restric- North Berkshire Plans dropped for Mitchell School work WILLIAMSTOWN -- Plans for the rehabilitation of Mitchell Mitchell School were dropped this week by the town's School and School Building committees. The committees decided that only the Grant School will undergo renovation. The committees expect to finalize plans for the new elementary elementary school construction and the rehabilitation of Grant when architect Edward Cormier returns "with final plans in two weeks. The town · expects to receive 65 per cent reimbursement reimbursement from the state on the improvements. Bianco to press for funds for lawyer NORTH ADAMS -- Mayor Joseph R. Bianco said yesterday yesterday he will probably seek to have the City Council change its position on the appropriation of funds to the Board of Health for the hiring of a lawyer to represent the board in its fluoridation fluoridation fight. The board is seeking to force the council to allocate 52,500 for a study of the possible fluoridation of the city's water system. system. The major said he does not support fluoridation, but that he thinks the issue should be settled in court. Thus far, the health board has been unable to secure money to hire a lawyer, lawyer, either from the council or from its own expense account. ' . . N o w In Lee, Mass, 88 PARK ST. Double SH Green Stamps Every Wednesday tions notwithstanding. DelVecchio said yesterday engineering engineering to lay out the plan the 39 lots has lost $22,000, and the trees have already been cut for the proposed streets. If this portion of the development must now conform to the 40,000- square-foot minimum, not only will the engineering costs be lost, but the proposed roads will have to be relocated. This will leave the land scarred where trees already have been cut along the original roads. DelVecchio also said yesterday yesterday he was surprised that the Planning Board had recommended recommended his application for a variance be rejected since it was Francis D. Foley Jr., chairman of the Planning Board, who had advised advised him to seek a variance. Informed of options Foley said ]a. c t night that he had indeed informed DelVecchio that he had the option of seeking seeking a variance, but that this in no way implied that the Plan- ing Board would back the application. application. As chairman of the board, Foley said, he considered it his duty to tell applicants what their options were. The board opposes the Leisure Lee variance, Foley said, because because it would be inconsistent with the town's bylaws. He noted that the board is now planning a survey that may result result in zoning changes to accommodate accommodate leisure home developers, developers, but until such changes are adopted, the town should stick to the present code. The Planning Board's recommendation recommendation on DelVecehio's application application for a variance is contained contained in a letter to Henry Salice, Salice, chairman of the appeals board, and is signed by James W. Wright, secretary of the Planning Board. The letter states, in part, that the board opposes the variance because Lesure Lee "did not file plans for subdivision of the new area (the 39 lots), did not comply with the amended zoning zoning bylaws, but proceeded on the basis of the prior bylaws (and) did not obtain a permit to proceed prior to doing work described in their request." IVo basis for claim "Had any of the above been done first," the letter slates, "there would be no case of a hardship claim." The law requires that anyone seeking a variance from the zoning bylaw must show that the bylaw is causing a hardship. ·

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  1. The Berkshire Eagle,
  2. 16 Sep 1972, Sat,
  3. Page 21

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