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Oak Bluffs resident sues Copeland board over yoga platform

A neighborhood overview board and its members are being sued by an Oak Bluffs resident after they denied a request for a constructed platform in her yard for private use.

Resident Melissa Bradley, supervisor of Black Pleasure, LLC, and proprietor of the Oak Bluffs Sea View Ave. property, got here earlier than the Copeland overview board final July, requesting approval of a 18-inch excessive, 30- by 20-foot wood platform for the aim of working towards yoga.

In her software, Bradley defined that the constructed platform allows her to follow yoga, which helps forestall the development of a deteriorative hip illness.

The criticism filed in Dukes County Superior Courtroom on June 20 argues that the day by day yoga follow has prevented Bradley from requiring using a wheelchair.

However the Copeland overview board’s unanimous denial cites that the platform disrupts the district’s viewscape.

Per the city’s bylaws, the Copeland overview board is charged with guaranteeing that “any change to the outside of an current construction, addition to an current construction, or new building shall be restricted to the Victorian Model structure prevalent inside the district on the flip of the century (1900). No change to an exterior architectural characteristic shall radically alter the outside look of the constructing or construction in such a approach as to break the visible integrity of the encompassing viewscape.”

In its choice, signed by the city clerk in April, the board additionally stated that the freestanding platform “has the potential for being a gathering place for plenty of individuals or a band,” because it “appears to be like like an occasion space.”

The board states that they’d choose the platform to be smaller, ideally related to the home, and decrease to the bottom.

At March’s Copeland overview board assembly, Bradley’s spouse, Alessandra Bradley-Burns, defined that per logistical causes and engineering suggestions, the platform was unable to be straight related to the home’s again deck; the platform was raised due to the positioning’s leaching subject.

As for the dimensions, Bradley-Burns claimed that as a result of she is legally blind, she is much less more likely to fall off the platform.

The owners say transferring the platform is financially infeasible as it could value roughly $50,000.

Regardless of their willingness to change the platform, per the board’s request, the applying for a certificates of appropriateness was denied.

Per the assembly minutes of Copeland’s March 30 assembly, the board states that the owners must reapply with the board sooner or later. They are saying the platform should be “smaller, decrease, again[ed] up from the property line, [and] redesigned.”

By way of her attorneys, Bradley argues that Copeland’s choice was based mostly on the utilization of the platform, which isn’t below the board’s purview. The criticism claims that the board’s choice was past its authority, and is in violation of the city’s zoning bylaws that pertain to using seashores. The criticism requires an annulment of the board’s choice, and approval of the certificates of appropriateness.