Zoning board okays construction of two beach houses

Two proposed beach houses were unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning Board at its Dec. 6 meeting. The board had tabled the two applications at its Nov. 15 meeting, saying both exceeded the residential height limit of 35 feet.

The delay gave the applicants time to rework their plans. The plans received coastal management site plan approval. Both properties in the R-5 zone had storm-damaged houses, one of which has been torn down.

Jeff Attolino filed a petition on behalf of Black Labs LLC to construct a single-family home on a 0.05-acre property at 24 Maddox Ave., replacing a house that was demolished. The LLC lists Nicholas Black of Stamford as the president. Attolino told the board he readjusted the roofline to fit city guidelines for height.

In other business, Architect John Wicko told the board he updated the plans for a home at 687 East Broadway, a 0.11-acre property owned by Tom McKiernan. The property is just to the east of Silver Sands State Park.

Wicko said the plans now show the average grade calculation and identify the cupola as having a maximum height of 5 feet. The 2,161 square foot 2.5 story house will have an average height of 34 feet, 10 inches. The house would have a garage underneath. The first floor would be located at elevation 13 feet.

In related business, the board unanimously voted down a proposed regulation change for the heights of shoreline homes.

Attorney Kevin Curseaden had submitted a proposed regulation change that would have essentially calculated the height of shoreline homes from the top of the pilings, rather than from the ground. Milford’s residential height limit is 35 feet in single-family zones.

Curseaden told the board at a Sept. 20 public hearing said he was representing Donna Weaver and Jack Turek of 59 Hillside Ave., who are attempting to replace their storm-damaged house, which was demolished as a result of the damage.

The house they would like to build would exceed the 35-foot limit only three to four feet, said Curseaden in September. He said studies from other towns show that the extra height that people need is a difference of four to six feet in most cases.

Commenting on the vote after the meeting, board member John Grant, chairman of the Regulations Subcommittee, said the two applications approved on Dec. 6 demonstrated that the existing regulations allows for four-story houses along the shoreline, and therefore no updates are needed.

“There is really no need to do anything special in a flood zone,” said Grant.