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Old 10-21-2010, 10:28 AM   #16
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Million dollar home to be torn down due to zoning violation


He was given 2 weeks as of Sept 17th to tear it down

http://wbztv.com/local/marblehead.ma...2.1918004.html

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Old 10-21-2010, 11:13 AM   #17
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Johnson said he's tried to fix the problem.

He's even offered to swap homes with his neighbors.

They declined comment to WBZ.

"I'm disturbed when they tell me all we want is your house torn down. That's disturbing."

The neighbors referred WBZ to their lawyer, who didn't return any calls.

The zoning board didn't want to talk on camera, but one member confirmed Johnson got the green light to build, but what he built is too big.

Sounds like the kind of neighbors that need a swift kick. The guy tried to make them happy - he even offered them his house!
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:29 PM   #18
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It sounds like someone that knew he was on thin ice and just wanted to fight and draw it out to the bitter end. - It is obvious that the economic consequences were not a barrier to him after he had his mind made up for 12 years after he built in front of someone, having an idea it may have been wrong.

A building permit does not over-ride planing and courts.

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:51 PM   #19
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Sounds like a crappy position to be in. I would find a legal way to retaliate to no end. He could tear out the part he's forced to tear out, then turn it into a music studio, with drums and whole shebang, and very crappy insulation. Then sell it to a rock band as a place to practice. The grouchy neighbors may get their view of the ocean but it sure wont be quiet.
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Red Squirre -

You never get ahead by getting even (especially in a childish way) since it has been 12 years in the making.
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This reminds me of another house that was forced to be removed a few years ago.

A couple built their home on top of the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge 1 hour East of Portland, Or.

The county approved all permits and the house was built.

The problems for them started a year after the house was built when the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Preservation Society (the real name is close to that) took them to court to have the house removed.

It was because as you travel East on I-84 out of Portland you can tell there was a house on the hill across the river. The river at that point is almost 2 miles wide and the house was a thousand feet above that. Never the less if you were looking for it you could tell a house was there.

The couple first re-painted the home to blend in with the environment but no go. After a five year fight the house had to be removed.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:22 PM   #22
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This reminds me of another house that was forced to be removed a few years ago.

A couple built their home on top of the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge 1 hour East of Portland, Or.

The county approved all permits and the house was built.

The problems for them started a year after the house was built when the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Preservation Society (the real name is close to that) took them to court to have the house removed.

It was because as you travel East on I-84 out of Portland you can tell there was a house on the hill across the river. The river at that point is almost 2 miles wide and the house was a thousand feet above that. Never less if you were looking for it you could tell a house was there.

The couple first re-painted the home to blend in with the environment but no go. After a five year fight the house had to be removed.
Wow. How can you possibly figure on the whimsical notions of every group or individual? If you go through the necessary permitting process, what else can the average person do? Were the home owners forced to take the loss on the original construction and the demo?
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Nothing ever can be relied on not to change. Times, situation and opinions change as the development processed and there is an effort to hang on to some things.

Since it was between a person and a government agency, there would probably be some financial return, not like two "bull-headed" neighbors. - Possibly eminent domain to recover the property value also.

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here, if you wanted to build an extension to your house, you had to schedule a meeting with all your neighbors in your city block and adjacent city blocks to describe your plan and have them sign off. I've never actually seen anyone do that though.
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Before building our addition we had to go before conservation committee due to the stream
Also had to notify all the neighbors within 300' so they could express any concerns they had
Since they only meet once every other week it took about 5 months from start of approval process to completion
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You just have to bribe the right people.

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