Richmond Hill Road Homeowner Seeks Permission for Additions

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The Colonial at 171 Richmond Hill Road. Assessor photo

The owner of a 1940-built Richmond Hill Road home is seeking permission to build additions that encroach on side yard setbacks. 

The 1,278-square-foot Colonial at 171 Richmond Hill Road would have 1,801 square feet following a one-story addition in the front and two-story addition in the rear composed off a mudroom, powder room, breakfast room, master bath and two walk-in closets, according to a building permit application submitted to the town.

The house sits on .2 acres in the one-acre zone, tax records show.

Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations, the minimum side yard setback in the one-acre zone for principal and accessory buildings is 25 feet (see page 59 here). Variances are required for the enlargement of non-conforming structures in the zone, under the regulations (page 158).

According to a site plan submitted with the application, a proposed one-story addition and covered porch at the front of the house will be 22.3 feet from the neighbor to the west, while a proposed two-story addition and patio in back will be 14.9 feet from a neighbor to the east (the existing house already encroaches on the side yard setback there). 

The property is owned by a limited liability company whose principal is listed in state records as Marianne Dolan. She bought it for $715,000 in 2017, according to tax records. Dolan also owns the neighboring property to the west, tax records show.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to take up the application at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting.

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