In order for The Pink House to get its own acre+ lot, it was necessary to go through the process of an ANR and approvals by the Newbury Planning Board and the Zoning Board (ZBA).
After Support The Pink House paid for the area to be surveyed and flagged by Donohoe Surveyors, which took several months, a drawing based on proper boundary agreements was created, delineating the house's new lot containing it's upland, the driveway, road frontage, etc..
Each step we've taken has been with the consent of the Pink House's current owners, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), consistent with our written agreement together to accomplish this! The FWS co-signed this application, as they have for each one we have submitted.
Our attorney, George Hall, a wetland and municipal expert who has generously donated many many valuable hours to The Pink House project, lent his expertise to properly filling out the application and representing us with the town all through.
We began the process by taking the drawings to Newbury's Planning Board for approval, which they awarded us unanimously after discussion with our board.
The next step was to go before Newbury's ZBA, with whom we met a total of three times. The first time, Rochelle Joseph, STPH's President, was invited to give a brief introduction to the project and deliver a package outlining the community support, the mission and the history of the project. With the application processed, standard procedures were followed - a legal ad went in the paper, and letters went to abutters in advance of the next meeting.
The next two ZBA meetings were attended by STPH's board and Attorney Hall, who outlined the project and addressed every question. When opened to the public, there were a few letters read and one gentleman who often attends town meetings with questions whose concerns were heard and addressed. Then people who we didn't know who were present spoke in support of the project. It is that kind of heartwarming reassurance that is the reason we formed, and keeps us going on the long road to save The Pink House.
The ZBA did their job in thoroughly exploring the situation before giving us their unanimous approval.