Bristol neighbors oppose construction of new home on King Philip


A King Philip Avenue resident is challenging the construction of a home on a 5,000-square foot lot right next to his property.

Hal Landen, who lives at 9 King Philip Ave., filed an appeal with the Bristol Zoning Board of Review regarding the construction at 11 King Philip Ave. In a letter to the board, Mr. Landen said that the concrete foundation for the home fails to meet the minimum side set-back of 15 feet.

“The previous town code called for 10 foot setback. The building foundation just completed at this address is less than 10 feet from my property line,” he wrote.

The hearing is set for Jan. 7 at the Bristol Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Ferry Road resident Michael Fonseca is building the home at 11 King Philip Ave. Documents show that Mr. Fonseca filed an application for a building permit for the property on Nov. 9, listing that the single-family dwelling would have left and right side setbacks of 10 feet, a 31-foot front yard setback and a 34-foot rear yard setback. The 2,160 square-foot home was also set to include two and a half bathrooms, three bedrooms, and an enclosed two-car garage.

The town issued the permit on Nov. 29.

Two other abutters to the property — Karin Waldron at 15 King Philip Ave. and Andrew Hedden at 12 Cedar Drive — have also appealed the decision of the building official to issue a permit for construction of the home.

“As I understand, the law states that foundations must be built 15 feet from the property line, Bristol Town Code sec. 28-111. The above mentioned property (11 King Philip Ave.) does not meet this requirement,” wrote Ms. Waldon in a letter to the zoning board of review.

In his letter to the board, Mr. Hedden wrote that the lot at 11 King Philip lacked the necessary frontage required for development.

“The current lot is 50 feet of frontage and 100 feet deep,” Mr. Hedden wrote. “The R-10 Zoning of the Annawamscutt neighborhood require a minimum frontage of 80 feet for new construction. ... The Town of Bristol makes Zoning changes in the best interests of its residents and while overcrowding was an issue, they made changes for a reason and should be enforced.”

Bristol Town Planner Edward Tanner did not return a phone call for this story.


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