Zoning set to hear proposal for undersized lot

Zoning set to hear proposal for undersized lot

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Zoning Board has scheduled a meeting this week to consider making way for a new home on an undersized lot on High Service Avenue.

The Planning Board last month unanimously recommended that the Zoning Board approve a left side variance of 10 feet and right side variance of 5 feet (smaller spaces to lot lines) for the home on 3,800 square feet of land at 0 High Service Ave., prompting criticism from Council President Dino Autiello, who is drawing comparisons to a previous controversial approval of a home on North Elmore Avenue, which was later reversed.

Autiello, who lives near the property, is leading the charge with neighbors against the proposal from Bukky Olukoga, of 57 High Service Ave., which is on the agenda for this Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Autiello is questioning the Planning Board’s decision to consider the character of properties behind High Service Avenue when deciding to recommend approval. Planner Brent Wiegand notes that there are a number of homes in the area that were approved for undersized lots with variances.

The minimum modern lot size for a home in North Providence is 8,000 square feet, but Wiegand emphasizes that this is not the case for legal nonconforming lots that were recorded before modern zoning was put in place. The North Elmore property was not a legal lot of record previously, he previously said.

Also on Thursday’s agenda is an application for preliminary and master plan approval for 24 residential units at the former St. Patrick’s School on Woonasquatucket Avenue, and an application for a special use permit for the expansion of a structure at 111 Homewood Ave.