Derry councilors clear way for Schurman Drive residents
DERRY — Councilors voted Tuesday night to grant a request to release a section of right-of-way after learning that direct abutters were in agreement with the proposal.
The council voted, 7-0, on a request by Schurman Drive residents David and Rebecca Zbieg, to release the “paperless street.” The Zbiegs, of 17 Schurman Drive, plan to build a garage on their section of the property, according to officials.
Councilors were going to vote on the request last month until they learned that it was unclear whether direct abutters, Jonathan and Melissa Turcotte, of 15 Schurman Drive, supported the request. The Turcottes weren’t present at the meeting and had not submitted anything in writing giving their consent to the release of right- of-way, according to officials.
But since then, the town was able to obtain a letter from the Turcottes, sent last month, that gives their approval for the release, said Acting Administrator Larry Budreau.
“They are explicitly in agreement with it,” Budreau said. “They understand that the value of their property will increase.”
The section of right-of-way is approximately 210 feet long by 42 feet wide, Highway Director Alan Cote said last month. It was dedicated in 1964 as part of a subdivision, but was never developed, he said.
The town doesn’t technically own the right of way and all that would happen is the public’s interest in it would be released, according to officials. By granting the release, the Zbiegs could build the garage without having to seek a variance for insufficient setback from the side property line, Cote said.