The Gulbankian family will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals once again on Wednesday night. When they were in front of the board late last month, a capacity crowd turned out to argue both for and against the family’s businesses.
At issue is how many businesses the family can legally operate on their Mt. Vickery Road property, and under what conditions they can operate. While the town’s bylaw says only one business can operate on a given property, the family says they have variances dating back to the 1980’s to allow three businesses — a garden center, a machine shop, and a school bus terminal.
Building Inspector Dave Gusmini disagrees, and earlier this summer ordered a cease and desist order against the garden center and machine shop. That order was recently overturned by the ZBA.
In particular, neighbors have expressed concern about the school bus terminal which they argue will produce excess noise and pollution. Gusmini has said the bus terminal is permitted under the current zoning, but the ZBA said last month that some consideration needs to be given to neighbors.
At their meeting in July, the ZBA discussed the process for coming to a resolution on the zoning issues, and worked out some of the procedural details. It’s not clear if they intent to make a final decision at this week’s meeting. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm on Wednesday in the Hearing Room on the second floor of the Town House.