Boat Storage And Food Truck Approved For Route 28 Site

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Zoning/land use

The land on the right side of the property at 809 Route 28 in South Harwich will be used for a seasonal food truck operation and boat storage to the rear. The planning board approved site plan review and a use special permits for the operations last week. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a site plan special permit and a use special permit for storage of boats and a mobile food truck at 809 Route 28 in South Harwich.

The proposal was put forward by Brain Langelier, trustee of the property. Langelier purchased 809 and 815 Route 28 this past year. The 815 Route 28 property was once the home of a dive training center containing a large indoor pool. The building sat vacant for several years, but the pool has been removed and other major renovations have been made to the structure.

Langelier is now looking to make improvements to the adjacent lot that came with the purchase. Attorney William Crowell said his client is looking to establish “two relatively passive uses for the property.”

Crowell said boat and trailer storage is allowed in the Commercial Highway One District, as is the mobile food truck use. He said the uses cannot adversely affect the neighborhood and referred to letters from the police and fire departments expressing no concerns with the proposals. Crowell said there would be no conflict between the two operations because the food truck would operate from Memorial Day through the summer and boat storage would occur in the fall and winter.

The lot has two zoning districts, the CH1 District up front and the Medium Residential District to the rear. The commercial section would house the food truck with seven parking spaces and a few picnic tables. Behind the food truck, still in the commercial zone, boats would be stored. There was an initial estimate of space for about 24 boats, but the board agreed to allow the use of the space to determine the number of boats.

Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said while boat storage is allowed in the CH1-District, boat maintenance is not.

As for the food truck, it was agreed the truck would be required to leave the site at the end of the work day and return to its food preparation site. There was initial discussion about whether picnic tables were allowed under a board of health decision which allowed for “convenience-type seating” for the fast food service.

The health board’s decision was meant to emphasize there will be “no roller skating type service,” attorney Crowell quipped.

Langelier said he plans to pave a 20-by-40-foot section of the lot for the parking at the food truck.

Schooner Drive resident Ralph King wanted to know the time of operation for the food truck, expressing concern for the need for night lighting. Breakfast and lunch will be served, the proponent said, and the board limited service hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Another abutting resident expressed concern for garbage generated from the food service and its impact on his property. The board included a provision for two trash receptacles that had to be removed from the site with the truck each day. A split rail fence will also be installed delineating the RM district from the commercial zone on that property.

Board members discussed the need for setting times of year for the operations. They set the annual operation for the food truck from the Friday of Memorial Day through the Oct. 1, but did not set an annual time frame for boats to be returned to the water and when they would be allowed back in storage.