The owners of a Valley Road home in the two-acre zone are seeking permission from the town to install a barn and open-air pool pavilion within the side yard setback. Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations, the minimum side yard setback for accessory structures in the two-acre zone is 35 feet (see page 60).
The owners of the 3.73-acre parcel at 879 Valley Road are seeking two variances from the Regulations from the Zoning Board of Appeals—the barn would be located 12 feet from the property line, the pergola 29 feet, according to an application for the variances. In a statement of hardship that forms part of their application, owners Robert and Ashley McNeal note that theirs is a rear-lot at the end of a shared private drive shared by two other homeowners. “The property is 3.73 acres, with approximately 2.5 of the 3.73 acres defined as either conservation area, wetlands, easement, and access area,” they said in the statement. “The shape of the lot is narrow in nature and generally characterized as irregular and non-conforming.”
The ZBA is scheduled to take up the application at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.
One direct neighbor, Jeffery Wyble of 881 Valley Road, submitted a letter of support for the application “to incorporate a small barn and pool pavilion on their property which will be located near the property boundary line of our two properties.”
“Rob McNeal explained his family’s wishes and plans for these structures, which was much appreciated,” Wyble said in his letter to the town planner.