The Blairstown Land Use Board approved a deed-restricted residence over a garage at its August meeting, which was finalized at its September meeting.
A home on Mud Pond Road, owned by Ryan Cino, received the variance that would allow an apartment that would include utilities. A restriction on the variance would forbid the apartment from being rented to anyone outside of the family of the current owners or subsequent owners.
The area where the property is located is zoned for single-family homes and non-commercial uses.
At the August hearing, Cino testified that the garage was built to house and maintain his motorcycles for personal use. He said he does not do any commercial work on the property.
He said that he would like to use the apartment for a family member and that he understands that if he sells the property, the restrictions on the apartment would continue under future owners.