The Porter Plan
Commission expressed its willingness at its meeting Wednesday to hear more
from Dane Jackson, a developer who sought last year to rezone 6 Franklin
Street and three adjacent parcels on Rankine Street.
The Plan Commission
and Board of Zoning Appeals had a lot of questions for Jackson last year and
ultimately rebuffed his request for a rezone from R2, single family
residential, to R3, multi-family residential use.
Jackson had planned
on converting the existing house at 6 Franklin into a duplex and
constructing fourplexes on the lots behind it. Jackson said the small units
were intended to be affordable housing for seniors. The proposed development
drew opposition from nearby property owners.
Now, Jackson has
proposed a new plan: he still wants to convert the house into a duplex, but
with more duplexes behind it instead of fourplexes.
The Town has a rule
that Jackson cannot request another rezone for the property within one year
of being rejected, but he has petitioned for the Board to waive that rule.
Board member Laura
Madigan motioned to allow the exception. “The sooner this decision is made,
the sooner he gets a decision and the sooner the property gets developed, so
I think its in everyone’s best interest,” said Madigan.
Her motion faltered
for lack of a second.
Member Tara Duffie
chimed in. “I really like the rule. I think its good, and its there for a
reason--so people won’t reapply and reapply.”
“I just think it
sets a precedent, and without a reason that’s really compelling, I don’t
want to set that precedent,” Duffie said.
Town Planner Jim
Mandon suggested the Board could pass a conditional exception to the rule
that would allow Jackson to apply for variances and rezones on just the
existing house and not the back lots. The Board voted unanimously to do just
Jackson is free to
reapply for a rezone for 6 Franklin, provided his paperwork is in order, as
soon as the next Plan Commission meeting. He will have to wait a year to
reapply for a rezone of the back lots.
In other business,
the Board re-elected Jim Eriksson president and Erik Wagner vice-president
and opted to retain Tammie Sufana as its secretary and keep member Ken Timm
as liaison to the BZA.