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Thaxter v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals, CUMap-07-8 (Cumberland Super. Ct., 2007)

Thaxter v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals, CUMap-07-8 (Cumberland Super. Ct., 2007)

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T he
p la in tiffs
(T h a x te r)
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p u r s u a n tt o
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SO B
fro m
th e
C ity
o f
P o rtla n d
Z o n in gB oard
o fA p p e a ls (Z B A )a p p ro v a l\ue000 o fth e
c o d e enforcem ent o ffic e r's
(C E O ) d e c is io ng ra n tin ga b u ild in g p erm ito n C u s h in g sI s l a n d toJ o s h u a E m p s o n .
I .
B A C K G R O U N D
E m psonow nsa parcel ofla n da t 224 Shore R oado n C u s h in g s Island.
H isp a r c e l
fails to m eet th e m in im u m
lo t s iz e fo r d e v e lo p m e n t.
T h ez o n in go rd in a n c e a llo w s th e
c o m b in a tio n
of a
sm allerlo ta n d
a
n o n -c o n tig u o u s
parcel to
b e
jo in e d
t o
m eetth e
m inim um
s q u a r efo o ta g e , ifth e n o n -c o n tig u o u s p a rc e l isb u r d e n e db y a c o n s e rv a tio n
easem ent.
E m pson isa tte m p tin g to d e v e lo p h is lo t u s in g an o n -c o n tig u o u s lo t to m eet
th e m inim um
lo ts i z e .
The CEO
a p p r o v e d
E m p s o n 'sp la na n di s s u e dh im
ab u ild in g
p erm it.
The Thaxters'ow n la n dth a t a b u ts E m p s o n 's parcela n d a p p e a le d the decision
of the CEO to issue the b u ild in g p erm it.
O nJ a n u a r y4 , 2007, the ZBA
v o te d3 -1tod e n y th e T h a x te rs ' a p p e a l.
The ZBA
is s u e d findings after them e e tin go nJ a n u a r y4 , 2007.
The ZBA
s u b s e q u e n tly v o te d3 -1
toa d o p t s u p p le m e n ta l findings of facto nJ a n u a r y 18, 2007p e rta in in g to the T haxters'
a p p e a l.
O nF e b r u a r y 15,2 0 0 7 , th e Z B A
v o te d 4 -0 toa d o p t f in d in g sa n d c o n c lu s io n s o f
la wfo r th e E m pson p a rc e l.
I I .
D IS C U S S IO N
T hisc o u r t review s the B oard's decision fo r" abuse of discretion, errors of law ,o r
fin d in g su n s u p p o r t e d
b y
s u b s ta n tia l e v id e n c ei n
th e re c o rd ."
M c C u llo u g h
v .T o w no f
S a n fo r d ,6 8 7 A .2 d 6 2 9 ,6 3 0 (M e . 1 9 9 6 ).
I no r d e rto p re v a il, th ep e titio n e rm ustp ro v e th a t
th e e v id e n c ei n
th e re c o rd
" c o m p e lsa n d
c o n tra ry
c o n c lu s io n ."
B o iv in
v .S a n fo r d ,5 8 8
A .2 d 1 1 9 7 , 1 1 9 9 (M e . 1 9 9 1 ).
A .
Q uorum
The ZBAv o te d3 -1o n January4 , 2007 tod e n y the Thaxters' appeal.
B y th e term s
o f its o r d in a n c e , th e Z B A is re q u ire dtoh a v e fo u r m em bers o f th e Z B A c o n c u ro n a v o te
i no rd e r " toa u th o riz ea n ya c tio n ,t og r a n ta n yr e q u e s to r a p p lic a tio no rt os u s ta in a n y
a p p e a L " ]
N o
b u s in e s s
s h a llb e
tr a n s a c te d
b y
th e
b o a r d
o f
a p p e a ls
w ith o u ta
q u o ru m ,
c o n s is tin g
of four
(4 )
m em bers,b e in g
p r e s e n t.
Except as expressly p ro v id e d herein, the concurring
v o te
o f
a t least four
(4 )
m em bers
o f
th e
b o a r d
s h a ll
b e
n e c e s s a r y
t o
a u th o riz e
a n y
a c tio n , to
g r a n ta n y
r e q u e s to r
a p p lic a tio no r to s u s ta ina n y a p p e a l.
\u00a714-548,C ode of O rdinances, C ity of P ortland R ev. 5-4-07.
A lth o u g hth eP o rtla n d Z B Ah a d aq u o ru m
o f fo u r m em bers p re s e n t, th e num ber
o f
v o te s
re q u ire d
w as
n o t
a d d r e s s e d
i n
S te p h e n so n .
T hat
d e c is io n
a d d r e s s e d
th e
a u th o rityo f a m u n ic ip a lb o a r d
t o
a c tw heni th a d
le s sth a n
th e num ber o f m em bers
re q u ire db yth e o rd in a n c e ; h o w e v e r, J u s tic eA le x a n d e r (jo in e db y J u s tic e C liffo rd )d id
1
T h is assum es th a t th e Z B Aw asem pow ered toc o n d u c tb u s in e s si ns p iteo fth e fa c t th a ti th a d
a
v a c a n c y
a tth e
tim e
i th e a r d
th e
T h a x te r s 'a p p e a l g iv e n
th er e c e n t L aw
C o u rtd e c is io n
i n
Stevenson, eta I. v.
Tow n
o fK ennebunk,2 0 0 7
M E
5 5 ,_ _
A .2 d_ _
(d e c id e d
A p ril2 6 , 2007,
a fte r th eZ B A d e c is io n ).
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raise the issuei n a separate concurrance.
H e c ite s 1 M .R .S .\u00a7 7 1 (3 ) (2 0 0 6 )re g a rd in g t h e
in te rp re ta tio no f s ta tu te s :
T he
fo llo w in g
ru le s
s h a ll
b e
o b s e r v e d
i n
th e
c o n s tru c tio n
o f
s ta tu te s ,
u n le s s
s u c h
c o n s tru c tio n
is in c o n s is te n t w ith
th e
p la in
m e a n in g
o fth e
e n a c tm e n t.
* * *
3 .
A uthority to 3 or m ore.
W o rd s g iv in ga u th o rity to 3o rm o rep e r s o n s
a u th o riz e
a
m ajo rity
t o
a c t,
w hen
th e
e n a c tm e n t
d o e s
n o t
o th erw ise
d e te rm in e .
T h is d ire c tiv e a p p lie s to s ta tu te s ,b u ti t is lo g ic a l toa p p ly th e sam es t a n d a r d to
in te rp re ta tio n of local ordinances.
A
n e c e s s a r yq u o ru m
of four ZBA m em bersw asp r e s e n ta n d v o te do nJ a n u a r y4 ,
a n d1 8 ,2 0 0 7 .

O rdinarily a3 -1 vote w o u ldb e a sufficient m ajority for the ZB A tod e c id e a m a tte r; h o w e v e r, th eo rd in a n c e a lso re q u ire s" th e c o n c u rrin g v o te o fa t le a s t fo u r(4 ) m em bers o f th eb o a r d. . .t oa u th o r iz e a n ya c tio n , tog r a n ta n yr e q u e s to r a p p lic a tio no r to s u s ta ina n y a p p e a l." (e m p h a s isa d d e d )

I ta p p e a r s u n fa ir to re q u irea n a p p e lla n t to th e Z B A
to s e c u r e au n a n im o u s v o te
of all four m em bers
t o
s u s ta in
a n
a p p e a l,b u t le s s
th a n
th a tt o
d e n y
o r dism iss
a n
a p p e a l.T hec o u r tc o n c lu d e s th a t th e te rm
" a u th o riz ea n y a c tio n " in c lu d e s a v o te tod e n y
o r dism issa n
a p p e a la n d
u p h o ld
th e a c tio n o fth e C E O .

Sinceth e re w asn o t a four m em ber c o n c u rre n c e ,n o a c tio ns h o u ldh a v e ta k e n p la c ea n d th e T h a x te ra p p e a l s h o u ld h a v eb e e n c o n tin u e d u n til s u c h a tim e a s th e Z B A

c o u ld o b ta in fo u r c o n c u rrin g v o te si n
o rd e r to a c t tou p h o ld th e C E O 's in te rp re ta tio n .
2
A s ap re lim in a ry m atter, plaintiffs' object to
th efin d in g s
of facta n d
le g a l c o n c lu s io n sth a t
w ere
a p p r o v e d
b y
th e
Z B A
o n
F e b ru a ry
1 5 ,2 0 0 7
a n d
in s te a d
s u b m itth a tth e
o n ly
p r o p e r
fin d in g so f fa c ta n d le g a l c o n c lu s io n so n th ere c o rd fo r re v ie w
are thefin d in g sd a te dJ a n u a r y4 ,
2 0 0 7 .
T he fin d in g sd a te dF e b ru a ry 15, 2007 aren o tp ro p e rly before th ec o u r t because th e y w ere
3 \ue000
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