Shore Road Revetment Appeal Denied

By: Tim Wood


CHATHAM – A state department of environmental protection hearing officer is recommending that a revetment not be allowed to protect a Shore Road home.

The conservation commission approved a 108-foot revetment to protect the 498 Shore Rd. property of James and Lisa McGonigle in 2014, but the decision was overturned after an appeal filed by DEP and a group of 10 residents. The owners appealed the decision, and the case was heard by Presiding Officer Jane Rothchild last year.

On Tuesday, Rothchild issued a 55-page decision recommending that the DEP commissioner uphold the agency's denial of the wall, stating that the structure did not comply with performance standards in the Massachusetts Wetlands Regulations because it would prevent the coastal bank from supplying sand to nearby beaches. The wall is also not necessary to protect the McGonigle's house at this time, the decision stated, and other alternatives are available to protect the coastal bank.

The regulations allow revetments to protect homes build prior to 1978, but the McGonigle house was constructed in 1986.