Zoning Board denies Sperry Tents’ parking permit
Rochester — Sperry Tents’ six months of parking troubles suffered another setback on February 23 when the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance to allow the company to park their trucks on 15 Dexter Lane, an adjacent lot owned by Marjorie and Tim Strutski.
Zoning Board Chair Richard Cutler said the variance was denied without prejudice, which allows the Strutskis and Sperry Tents to file an amended request with the board at a later time.
“This means they can come back,” Cutler said.
Neither representatives from Sperry Tents nor the Strutskis were present at the hearing.
In September, Building Commissioner James Buckles issued a cease-and-desist order to the Strutskis to stop Sperry Tents from parking their trucks on the adjacent property.
Tim Sperry, who operates Sperry Tents, previously told the Planning Board that he received permission from the Strutskis to use their property for parking.
Sperry said that he needed the extra space due to expansion of his business.
In November, the Planning Board ruled that the use of the parking lot was in violation of Sperry’s original site plan agreement, which does not allow for additional parking on the Strutskis property.
The Planning Board determined that Sperry Tents would have to undergo a site plan review of the property and get Zoning Board approval to regain parking rights.
On January 12, the Zoning Board asked the petitioners to present a site plan, which has not been done.
“We were told there was a letter from the Planning Board to the Strutskis on this issue but we have not seen it,” Cutler said.
The formal, written decision of the Zoning Board to deny the variance will be filed with the Town Clerk next week, after which Sperry and the Strutskis have 20 days to appeal the decision.