What do you know?! It looks like the Town has finally put forth the first tangible form of public notice that they approved the design review plans for the Shem Creek parking garage -- which was based on their dubious action regarding zoning line "uncertainty" -- WHICH MEANS IT'S TIME TO APPEAL!
If you work your way through the Town’s website and find the commercial project database page, the “Shem Creek Office Buidling” just got its green check mark for the “Design Review Board” even though the process occurred in the summer of 2014. When you click on it, you see that the Town finally decided to make this publicly known on February 20, 2015 – the day after a concerned citizen filed a zoning appeal with the Town on the parking garage. Coincidence?
And why does this matter? The Town’s zoning code states that citizens have 30 days from receiving notice of a zoning decision to file an appeal with the Town’s Board of Zoning Appeals. That means the window is open for about two more weeks for anyone else to come forward and file an appeal. We highly encourage those of you who feel aggrieved by the planned 55-foot tall office building in our Town’s treasured Marine District to file your own appeal if you are so inclined. If you would like more information concerning the zoning irregularity on this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be glad to help. An appeal costs $200 to file and must be filed on the appropriate Town forms.