The owner of a 2016-built custom home on Hemlock Hill Road is seeking permission to construct a fully outfitted pool house within a side yard setback.
The 25-by-11-foot pool house—renderings show a living room with vaulted ceiling, bathroom and outdoor shower and kitchen—would sit near the southern property line at 183 Hemlock Hill Road and southwest of the 9,266-square-foot home built there last year, according to an application scheduled to come before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday night.
The application—parts of it are available in the dropdown menu here—appears to seek a variance from a subsection in the New Canaan Zoning Regulations that allows detached accessory residential structures by special permit (see page 53 here).
Specifically, under the zoning regulations, a detached guesthouse or accessory dwelling unit must comply with setbacks for a principal structure in the zone. In the two-acre zone, the minimum side yard setback for such buildings is 35 feet.
“The subject property has a large wetland to the rear of the property and it is served by an on site septic system and well,” according to a narrative that formed part of the application, filed Nov. 4 with Planning & Zoning. “As a result a small pool house can logically only be placed within the side yard.”
The ZBA is scheduled to take up the application at its regular meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.
According to the applicant, the pool house rises to meet New Canaan’s criteria for special permits—in other words, the variance would have no adverse impact on property values, health, safety or the welfare of the neighborhood.
The neighbor who appears to be most directly affected by the proposed pool house—Michael Canoro, of 183 West Road—wrote a letter to the town in support of the application.
According to tax records, Canoro himself had sold the Hemlock Hill Road property to its current owner—a Farmington-based custom home builder who also lives up there—for $1,650,000 in April 2015.
“We are fine with Fore Group’s application, as the new structure would be placed in a way that creates privacy for both properties,” Canoro said in a Dec. 2 letter.