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Move the Building for Setbacks

The building would be 10 feet from abutter property and the parking and traffic flow would be in the front of the building.  Additionally, the historic school street façade would face Pleasant St instead of Main St.

  1. The Town’s Master Plan identifies that the center of Town should be walkable. Therefore parking should not be in the front of a building as this is contrary to encouraging walkability. Pushing the building back would be in opposition to the ZBA bylaw: “to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the Town, including consideration of the recommendations of the Master Plan”
  2. This would be so different from what was discussed and shown at Town Meeting that it may not be authorized by Town Meeting. Per the Gelerman and Cabral, LLC (counsel to the ZBA) letter of June 18, 2020 to the ZBA: “In our opinion, a project that differs significantly from the project voted would not be within the scope of the vote and, thus, not authorized by Town Meeting.”  Therefore, if it was not authorized by Town Meeting, the project would be nullified and requiring this regulation would be a violation of the Dover Amendment.


Move Building Cost Consequence: (does not include a building reduction)

OPM and architect fees $450,000 – $500,000
Escalation Cost $500,000
Total cost $950,000 – $1,000,000