Plaintiff filed his unverified Complaint on December 20, 2007, appealing pursuant to G. L. c. 40A, § 17 a decision of Defendant Winthrop Board of Appeals (ZBA) which overturned the refusal of the Winthrop Building Inspector (the Building Inspector) to revoke a building permit issued to Plaintiff for an addition to a garage relative to property owned by Plaintiff and located at 200 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts (Locus). [Note 1] On February 13, 2008, Defendant Anne Baldwin (Baldwin) (together with the ZBA, Defendants) filed a Motion to Intervene, which was allowed on February 14, 2008. At the request of the parties, this court issued a Remand Order on February 15, 2008, remanding the matter to the ZBA for further consideration. On April 29, 2008, the ZBA issued a second decision, which was appealed by Plaintiff on May 28, 2008. On June 30, 2008, Baldwin filed an Answer and Counterclaim, requesting injunctive relief to require Plaintiff to remove alterations to his garage.
Baldwin filed her Motion for Summary Judgment on March 24, 2009, together with supporting memorandum, statement of Undisputed Facts, and Affidavit of Rebecca L. Sipowicz, Esq. On April 21, 2009, the ZBA filed its Assent to Baldwins motion for summary judgment. On the same day, Plaintiff filed his Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment, together with supporting memorandum, Statement of Undisputed Facts, Appendix, and Affidavits of Luigi Guarino and Michael J. Markoff, Esq. The ZBA filed its Opposition to Plaintiffs cross-motion on May 26, 2009, and Baldwin filed her Opposition on May 27, 2009. On June 5, 2009, Plaintiff filed his Reply, together with Motion to Deem as Admitted Certain Facts. Baldwin filed her Opposition to Plaintiffs Motion to Deem as Admitted on June 10, 2009, and the ZBA filed its Opposition to the Motion to Deem as Admitted on June 12, 2009. A hearing was held on all motions on June 15, 2009, at which time all motions were taken under advisement.
Summary judgment is appropriate where there are no genuine issues of material fact and where the summary judgment record entitles the moving party to judgment as a matter of law. See Cassesso v. Commr of Corr., 390 Mass. 419 , 422 (1983); Cmty. Nat=l Bank v. Dawes, 369 Mass. 550 , 553 (1976); Mass. R. Civ. P. 56(c).
This court finds that the following facts are not in dispute:
1. By deed dated May 27, 2004, Plaintiff purchased Locus, which contained a single-family residence, a shed, and a detached garage (the Garage). [Note 2] Locus contains 11,885 square feet and is shown on a recorded plan dated June 12, 1874. [Note 3] Locus is located in a Residential A District.
2. The Garage is approximately 20' x 60', as shown on Plan of Land in Winthrop, MA Belonging to: Lou Guarino dated July 7, 2004, and prepared by Albert A. Romano, Surveyor (the 2004 Plan). The Garage contained six separate bays for parking motor vehicles, separated by interior walls, each bay with its own garage door. [Note 4] The sides and rear of the Garage were located within five feet of the side and rear lot lines. The Garage predated zoning.
3. Baldwin lives at 204 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts. Her property abuts Locus.
4. The Town of Winthrop Zoning By-law (the By-law) was first adopted in 1977 and amended in 1982, 1989, 1992, and 2006 (the 2006 Amendment). The 1977 By-law established side and rear yard setbacks of five feet in a residential zone.
5. On August 16, 2004, Plaintiff applied for a variance (the Variance) to enlarge the Garage by adding a 40' x 25' addition that violated the height restriction in the By-law. The 2004 Plan was attached to this application. The ZBA approved the Variance on July 29, 2005. Baldwin appealed the Variance to the Land Court and Plaintiff settled the case by agreeing (the Agreement for Judgment) to forfeit the Variance. [Note 5] The Agreement for Judgment stated that
upon annulling the decision of the Board of Appeals of the Town of Winthrop dated July 29, 2005, the Application for Variance filed by the Defendants Luigi Guarino and Ann Mulvaney dated August 16, 2004 shall not be acted upon favorably (as that phrase is used in G.L. c. 40, Sec. 16) by the Board of Appeals by the granting of said variance, if at all, until on or after July 1, 2008.
6. On October 11, 2006, Plaintiff applied for a building permit to build a 39½' x 26' addition (the Addition) to the Garage. The plans attached to the application show the Addition attached to the northerly wall of the Garage (facing Locus residence). [Note 6] The sides of the Addition are approximately ten feet from the side lot lines. The Addition is accessed, in part, by two large bay doors. The Addition meets all the current density and dimensional requirements of the By-law.
7. On October 17, 2006, the Building Inspector issued a building permit (the Building Permit) for the Addition. The Building Permit stated, on its face, written in pen, no boat storage without permits. Plaintiff has completed most of the work on the Addition, including removing the interior walls of the Garage and replacing the six doors in the Garage with two larger bay doors in the Addition. [Note 7]
8. By letter dated September 13, 2007 (the Baldwin Letter), Baldwin requested that the Building Inspector require Plaintiff to cease and desist any further construction on the Addition and to remove the Addition. [Note 8] The Building Inspector refused to take such action by letter dated October 3, 2007. Baldwin appealed the Building Inspectors decision to the ZBA, which reversed the Building Inspector and revoked the Building Permit by decision dated November 29, 2007 (ZBA Decision 1). [Note 9]
As reasons for its revocation of the Building Permit, ZBA Decision 1 stated:
(1) The decision of the Building Inspector dated October 3, 2007 is hereby reversed based on the Boards agreement with petitioners assertion that alteration of the garage is not permitted without a permit by the Board of Appeals, specifically because:
(a) pre-existing use of Mr. Guarinos garage to park six (6) motor vehicles is non-conforming as the Zoning By-Laws limit the use of a garage in a residential district to the parking of not more than three (3) motor vehicles.
(b) use of the garage is non-conforming and the expansion thereof beyond 25% of the original square footage requires issuance of a variance; and
(c) proposed use of the garage for building and repair of a boat for personal use is not permitted under the By-Laws.
(2) The Board also finds that any work that has been done on the premises was unlawful, regardless of whether or not the permit was properly voided or rescinded, due to the [Agreement for Judgment].
9. After a remand to the ZBA, the ZBA issued a second decision dated April 29, 2008 (ZBA Decision 2), which also revoked the Building Permit. ZBA Decision 2 gave the same reasons as ZBA Decision 1 for the revocation of the Building Permit.
10. Since the construction of the Addition, Plaintiff has not increased the number of motor vehicles parked in the Garage. Plaintiff stores several boats in the Addition. [Note 10]
This court must first address Plaintiffs Motion to Deem as Admitted Facts Stated in Plaintiffs Statement of Material Facts. Plaintiff argues that, pursuant to the Rules of the Land Court, certain facts must be deemed to be admitted as Defendants did not cite any valid basis for their denials. [Note 11] Defendants contend that Plaintiff relies primarily on his own self-serving affidavit as support for his facts and that Plaintiff cannot rely on such statements with no basis. However, Defendants have not filed any counter affidavits to contest any statements in Guarinos affidavit. [Note 12] As a result, I ALLOW Plaintiffs Motion to Deem as Admitted. As a practical matter, most of the facts referenced in Plaintiffs motion are irrelevant to the issues in this case and, as a result, are not relied upon by this court.
Relevant Legal Provisions.
The first paragraph of G. L. c. 40A, § 6 (Section 6) states as follows:
Except as hereinafter provided, a zoning ordinance or by-law shall not apply to structures or uses lawfully in existence or lawfully begun . . . before the first publication of notice of the public hearing on such ordinance or by-law required by section five, but shall apply to any change or substantial extension of such use, to a building or special permit issued after the first notice of said public hearing, to any reconstruction, extension or structural change of such structure and to any alteration of a structure begun after the first notice of said public hearing to provide for its use for a substantially different purpose or for the same purpose in a substantially different manner or to a substantially greater extent except where alteration, reconstruction, extension or structural change to a single or two-family residential structure does not increase the nonconforming nature of said structure. Pre-existing nonconforming structures or uses may be extended or altered, provided, that no such extension or alteration shall be permitted unless there is a finding by the permit granting authority . . . that such change, extension or alteration shall not be substantially more detrimental than the existing nonconforming use to the neighborhood. . . .
The 2006 Amendment contained the following provisions:
Article IV (Use Regulations), § 145-18. Parking in residence districts.
. . . .
B. Parking of other vehicles in residence districts.
(1) Garage or driveway space may be provided for not more than three noncommercial vehicles per dwelling unit, including a single truck or commercial vehicle not exceeding three-quarter-ton capacity. [Note 13]
Article IV (Use Regulations), § 145-20. Accessory uses.
A. Residential A. District. Accessory uses shall include the following:
. . . .
(4) Garage for parking noncommercial vehicles.
(5) Storage shed or barn not exceeding 1,200 square feet in area or 16 feet in height.
Article V (Dimensional Regulations), § 145-23 (Section 145-23). General regulations.
. . . .
C. Yard Requirements for all districts. . . . . . . . (5) An accessory building attached to a principal building shall comply in all respects with the yard requirements of this chapter for the principal building. An unattached accessory building not greater than 16 feet in height serving a dwelling in a Residential A District may be located in a side or rear yard within five feet of a side or rear lot line and not closer than 10 feet from the principal building. [Note 14]
Article VI (Off-Street Parking and Loading), § 145-26. Off-street parking required facilities. . . . . H. In residential districts, no boat over 26 feet in length shall be parked or stored within 10 feet of any structure or within four feet of any property line, and no boat shall be parked or stored so as to occupy any part of an area required for off-street parking.
Article VIII (Nonconforming Uses), § 145-44(B) (Extension and alteration) of the 2006 Amendment states, in part:
(3) Any nonconforming accessory use of a portion of a structure or any conforming accessory use of a portion of a nonconforming structure may be extended up to a maximum of 25% of the floor area of the existing structure.
(4) Any nonconforming structure may be altered and the use extended throughout the altered portion, provided that any resultant alteration shall not cause the structure to violate the dimensional and density regulations of the district in which it is located. Section 145-44(D)(1) of the 2006 Amendment states that [a]ny nonconforming use of a structure may be changed to another nonconforming use by special permit, provided that the changed use is not a substantially different use as determined by the [ZBA].
The central issue in this case is the legal status of the Building Permit. Both parties concur that the Garage, with its purported violation of side and rear yard setbacks, is a pre-existing nonconforming structure and that the parking of six motor vehicles in the Garage is a pre-existing nonconforming use. However, this court disagrees with the parties as to whether the Garage is a nonconforming structure under the By-law. With respect to dimensional requirements, the Garage is a structure allowed by right pursuant to Section 145-23 as it is an unattached accessory building not greater than 16 feet in height serving a dwelling in a Residential A District . . . within five feet of a side or rear lot line and not closer than 10 feet from the principal building. As such, this court shall not treat the Garage as a pre-existing nonconforming structure and, thus, need not continue into a discussion on the modification of nonconforming structures.
However, the question remains whether the Addition is allowed by right or whether its existence requires a dimensional variance. As the Addition (1,027 square feet) is attached to, and approximately the same size as the Garage (1,200 square feet), it is, in effect, doubling the size of the Garage. As such, there is an issue as to whether the Addition meets all of the dimensional requirements of the By-law and whether it needs a variance from such requirements. [Note 15] As ZBA Decision 2 failed to address this issue, I remand this issue to the ZBA for such a determination.
Nonconforming Uses. [Note 16]
According to the summary judgment record, the only change of use for the Addition is the storage of boats. Plaintiff intends to utilize the Addition to continue parking up to a maximum of six vehicles (a pre-existing nonconforming use), plus the storage of several boats. Plaintiff argues that his use of the Addition for the storage of boats is not a commercial use and is merely a use incidental to a single-family residence. [Note 17] Plaintiff also claims that since the nonconforming use (the parking of six vehicles) was not expanded so as to be more detrimental to the neighborhood or result in an increase in the nonconformity, neither a special permit nor a variance is required. Defendants argue that, pursuant to Section 6, Plaintiff required a special permit for the construction of the Addition to house the nonconforming use, and pursuant to Section 145-44(B)(3) of the 2006 Amendment, Plaintiff required a variance for the Additions use.
With good reason, the first two sentences of Section 6 has been described as difficult and infelicitous. Blasco v. Board of Appeals of Winchendon, 31 Mass. App. Ct. 32 , 33 (1991) (citing Fitzsimonds v. Board of Appeals of Chatham, 21 Mass. App. Ct. 53 , 55-56 (1985)). Case law interpreting such language reveals a multi-part test employed to determine the validity of changes in nonconforming uses. [Note 18] The first inquiry is whether the proposed use changes or substantially extends the nonconformity. Whether a change in the nonconformity does, in fact, result from the proposal is determined pursuant to the so-called Powers Test, which asks the following questions: (1) [w]hether the use reflects the nature and purpose of the use prevailing when the zoning by-law took effect; (2) [w]hether there is a difference in the quality or character, as well as the degree, of use; and (3) [w]hether the current use is different in kind in its effect on the neighborhood. Powers v. Building Inspector of Barnstable, 363 Mass. 648 , 653 (1973) (internal quotations and citations omitted). See also Bridgewater v. Chuckran, 351 Mass. 20 , 23 (1966).
If the results of this inquiry are favorable to a proposed use, Section 6 governs and protects such uses. However, if the Powers Test reveals a change in the nonconformity, the use may persist only if it is allowed by, and consistent with, provisions within the local bylaw. Titcomb v. Board of Appeals of Sandwich, 64 Mass. App. Ct. 725 , 729 (2005); Blasco, 31 Mass. App. Ct. at 33. Finally, if consistent with the local bylaw, a special permit allowing the change in nonconforming use may issue only after the local board makes a finding that, in the words of Sections 6, the use shall not be substantially more detrimental than the existing nonconforming use to the neighborhood. [Note 19]
Nonconforming Uses Under Section 6.
As discussed above, the Powers Test comprises the first step in determining the validity of the Addition in context of Section 6. Plaintiff asserts, unilaterally, that the Addition is not a change in the nonconforming use; however, this is a question for the ZBA and one that remains unanswered. As such, on remand the ZBA must also address whether the Addition is a change in the nonconforming use of the Garage, and Plaintiff must file an application for a special permit in this regard.
If the ZBA finds that: (1) the use reflects the nature and purpose of the preexisting use when the By-law took effect; (2) there is no difference in the quality of character and degree of use; and (3) that the current use is not different in kind in its effect on the neighborhood, then it shall allow Plaintiffs special permit for the Addition. However, if this test reveals a change in the nonconforming use, such use may only continue if allowed by, and consistent with, the By-law, and upon a finding by the ZBA that it shall not be substantially more detrimental than the existing nonconforming use to the neighborhood.
Nonconforming Uses Under the By-law.
As discussed, supra, in the event that the ZBA determines that the Addition is a change to the Garages pre-existing nonconforming use, the Additions use will only be allowed if determined to be consistent with the By-law, as Section 6 serves as a floor and prescribes the minimum of tolerance that must be accorded to nonconforming uses . . . . Nichols v. Board of Zoning Appeal of Cambridge, 26 Mass. App. Ct. 631 , 632-633 (1988) (quoting Inspector of Bldgs. of Burlington v. Murphy, 320 Mass. 207 , 209 (1946)). Cities and towns may, however, provide rights beyond those afforded under Section 6. See id.; Rourke v. Rothman, 64 Mass. App. Ct. 599 , 605, superceded on other grounds, Rourke v. Rothman, 448 Mass. 190 (2007). Two separate issues arise in this context. The first involves the storage of boats (versus motor vehicles); the second relates to the storage of six motor vehicles in the Addition (versus the Garage).
The 2006 Amendment is ambiguous relative to the storage of boats. There is no provision related to the storage of boats in a garage but there are provisions relative to the storage of boats in a yard. Section 145-23(C)(1) states that [n]o front yard shall be used for the open storage of boats . . . .). Subsection H of section 145-26 (Off-street parking required facilities) states that in residential districts no boat over 26 feet in length shall be parked or stored within 10 feet of any structure or within four feet of any property line, and no boat shall be parked or stored so as to occupy any part of an area required for off-street parking. Section 145-10 of the 2006 Amendment states that [a]ny use not listed herein [in Article IV, Use Regulations, sections 145-10 through 145-21] is prohibited. [Note 20] Regardless, even if a boat is considered a vehicle, the storage of such boat or boats in the Addition, above six motor vehicles, exceeds both the number of vehicles allowed under the By-law (three) and the number of vehicles that are grandfathered (six).
Moreover, this is an issue of whether a boat is a vehicle under the By-law. The 2006 Amendments definition of a private garage is clear that such structures are intended to keep noncommercial motor vehicles. However, the definition of a vehicle is ambiguous with respect to whether it includes boats. [Note 21] The definition section of the 2006 Amendment indicates that a vehicle be motorized, which may be a characteristic of a boat. However, the 2006 Amendment also includes boats as a recreational vehicle, or a vehicular, portable unit designed for travel, camping or recreational use. The 2006 Amendment does not compare a motor vehicle to a recreational vehicle. [Note 22]
As such, there is a question whether the Addition violates section 145-44(B)(3) of the 2006 Amendment, as the use of the Addition (as is the use of the Garage) is nonconforming (i.e. the number and type of vehicles parked) and the Addition is far in excess of the maximum of 25% increase in floor area allowed. If this is indeed the case, the Addition may require a variance, in addition to the special permit which is already required by the state statute. However, if the ZBA determines that the By-law allows the Addition, and that the Addition complies with such requirement, the ZBA may issue a special permit allowing the Addition upon a finding that it shall not be substantially more detrimental than the existing nonconforming use to the neighborhood.
Impact of the Agreement for Judgment on the Instant Matter.
Defendants argue that Plaintiff is barred from pursuing the construction of the Addition under the Building Permit because the Building Permit was a violation of the Agreement for Judgment. The Agreement for Judgment, however, only prohibited another application for a height variance, and this matter does not involve the application for a height variance, only a special permit. [Note 23]
As a result of the foregoing, I DENY both Baldwins Motion for Summary Judgment and Plaintiffs Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment and remand the matter to the ZBA consistent with the above. This court shall retain jurisdiction of this matter pending the outcome of the remand hearing. The ZBA shall hold such a hearing and issue a decision within sixty (60) days of the date of this decision, and the parties shall attend a status conference on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 10:00 A.M.
Alexander H. Sands, III
Dated: February 18, 2010
[Note 1] Plaintiff filed his First Amended Complaint on May 28, 2008, appealing a remand decision of the ZBA which also overturned the decision of the Building Inspector.
[Note 2] Plaintiff does not live at Locus; he rents it out to others. The lessees have no right to use the Garage.
[Note 3] The 1874 plan is not part of the summary judgment record.
[Note 4] Prior to 2004, five of the six bays had been rented out.
[Note 5] See Baldwin v. Lynds, Land Court Misc. Case Nos. 312312 and 312374 (disposed of by Agreement for Judgment entered on July 20, 2006).
[Note 6] The summary judgment record does not contain a copy of such plans, but the record indicates that the Addition was approximately the same size and in the same location as the addition shown on the 2004 Plan, except that the Addition did not exceed the height requirement of the By-law.
[Note 7] On October 19, 2006, the Building Inspector verbally requested Plaintiff to stop work on the construction of the Addition. Plaintiff initially complied with the Building Inspectors verbal request, but Plaintiff resumed the construction at some later date.
[Note 8] The Baldwin Letter raised issues of nonconforming use of the Garage in the number, types, and use of vehicles in the Garage/Addition.
[Note 9] It should be noted that Baldwin did not appeal the issuance of the Building Permit until a year after its issuance and after the Addition had been substantially completed.
[Note 10] The summary judgment record does not state the size, type, or number of boats that are stored in the Garage. The summary judgment record includes one photograph of the interior of the Garage which shows a sailboat that appears to be under 26 feet in length.
[Note 11] Rule 4 of the Rules of the Land Court (2005) states, in part, that
[a]ny response other than admitted to a statement of fact made by the moving party, and any statement of additional material fact, must include page or paragraph references to supporting pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, admissions and affidavits, or else the facts described by the moving party as undisputed shall be deemed to have been admitted.
[Note 12] In her Opposition, Baldwin attempts to amend certain of her responses; however, such amended responses will not be considered by this court as leave was neither requested nor granted.
[Note 13] Article II (Terminology), Section 145-5 (Definitions) of the 2006 Amendment defines the term private garage as
[a]ny building or portion of a building accessory to and located upon the same lot as a residential building or upon a lot in the same ownership and adjacent to the lot on which the served residential building is located which is used for keeping of a motor vehicle or motor vehicles and in which no business or industry dealing with sales, servicing or repair of such vehicles is carried on.
The terms vehicle, motor vehicle, and noncommercial vehicle are not defined. However, with respect to a commercial vehicle, the 2006 Amendment states:
For the purpose of this chapter, any cart or wagon or any vehicle which is included in the definition of a motor vehicle given in MGL c. 90, including but not limited to a passenger car or van on which is permanently affixed any writing to designate the business or professional use or affiliation of said car or van or any truck or other vehicle which would be classified as other than a passenger vehicle for purposes of registration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or an auto home or bus, but excluding a passenger car not marked for business use.
The 2006 Amendment defines a recreational trailer or vehicle as [a] vehicular, portable unit designed for travel, camping or recreational use, including but not limited to . . . BOATS Power and otherwise.
[Note 14] Pursuant to Article V, § 145-23(J)(1) of the 2006 Amendment, lots subdivided prior to November 3, 1955, were subject to the following the minimum dimensional requirements: lot area 5,000 square feet; front yard setback fifteen feet; side yard setback ten feet; and rear yard setback twenty-four feet.
[Note 15] It is unclear whether Section 145-20(A)(5) of the By-law, which limits the size of a storage shed and barn to 1200 square foot, is also applicable to a garage. It should be noted that Locus contains both a shed and a garage. Neither storage shed nor barn are defined in the By-law. The Garage and the Addition appear to meet the requirements for the definition of private garage in the By-law. As a result, it appears that the Addition is not subject to the minimize size requirement of Section 145-20(A)(5).
[Note 16] Plaintiff argues that the use issue is not properly before this court because the Baldwin Letter only requested the demolition of the Addition, not a change in use. The entire basis for the Baldwin Letter and its demolition request, however, was the nonconformity in both use and structure of the Garage, which encompassed all of the above-referenced rationale. As a result, Plaintiffs argument that the use issue is not properly before this court is without merit.
[Note 17] Whereas Plaintiff formerly rented out the Garage bays to others for parking (a pre-existing nonconforming use), he now intends to use the Addition only for his own motor vehicles. Plaintiff, however, has rented out the single-family house to others.
Defendants argue that the Addition is not an accessory use to the residence because Plaintiff does not live at the residence, and because the tenants have no right to use the Addition. This court sees no merit in Defendants argument that the Addition is not an accessory use to the residence because Plaintiff does not live in the residence, based on the fact that the Garage was formerly rented out and thus the pre-existing nonconforming use is one where the residence and the Garage were used by different parties.
[Note 18] For a thorough review of the legal standard applicable to nonconforming uses under Section 6 see Quincy v. Miller, 16 LCR 338 , 344-45 (2008) (Misc. Case No. 260736) (Long, J.).
[Note 19] In support of their respective arguments on the Additions alteration of nonconforming use, both parties cite Rockwood v. The Snow Inn Corp., 409 Mass. 361 (1991), and Willard v. Board of Appeals of Orleans, 25 Mass. App. Ct. 15 (1987). The Powers Test, as discussed, supra, is consistent with Rockwood v. Snow Inn Corp., 409 Mass. 361 , 363-65 (1991), in which the Supreme Judicial Court determined that the first two sentences of Section 6 allow changes to nonconforming uses when the changes complied with the bylaw and upon a finding that the changes were not substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood as compared to the pre-existing nonconformity.
Willard v. Board of Appeals of Orleans, 25 Mass. App. Ct. 15 , 21-22 (1987), focuses on the second except clause of the first sentence of Section 6 and, thus, primarily relates to single- and two-family residential structures. However, the Addition is not an alteration of a single family residential structure, but the alteration of an accessory building to a single family structure. There is no evidence in the summary judgment record to indicate that the Garage or the Addition has the capabilities for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation, which is the definition of a Dwelling Unit in the 2006 Amendment. As such, the test espoused in Willard is not controlling in the case at bar.
[Note 20] It seems illogical that boats can be stored in the yard of a residential structure, but not in a garage. To resolve this ambiguity, the Town should amend the By-law to reflect its view on the status and storage of boats.
[Note 21] Defendants cite Building Inspector of Falmouth v. Gingrass, 338 Mass. 274 (1959), as a case which precludes the storage of vehicles other than motor vehicles in a garage. Gingrass, however, deals with the storage of airplanes in a garage, a vehicle different from a boat in that an airplane is not usually stored in a garage because of its size, safety reasons, and practicality.
[Note 22] Blacks Law Dictionary defines vehicle as [s]omething used as an instrument of conveyance; any conveyance used in transporting passengers or merchandise by land, water, or air. BLACKS LAW DICTIONARY 1551 (7th ed. 1999). This definition appears to include a boat.
[Note 23] As a practical matter, the application for the special permit required by this decision will be be more than 18 months after the deadline established in the Agreement for Judgment for the filing of a new variance. Defendants do not raise this argument in their motion for summary judgment.