Northeast
Steve Heaslip, Cape Cod Times

Living on the edge in Wellfleet

WELLFLEET — A controversial waterfront house that spawned house-size zoning restrictions in both Wellfleet and Truro now has an erosion problem.

But so far the Wellfleet Conservation Commission has shown no love for the shoreline protections proposed at 1440 Chequessett Neck Road, where a private residence known as the Blasch house sits on a spit within the Cape Cod National Seashore, overlooking Cape Cod Bay and Wellfleet Harbor.

The commission, in its Dec. 5 denial, cites the interests of abutting properties, the public and the risk to the environment, along with the town’s commercial shellfish industry, from the rock revetment and beach nourishment that property trustee James Hoeland of Newtown, Pennsylvania, wants to build.

In his Jan. 4 appeal to the state Department of Environmental Protection, though, Hoeland says the commission failed to adequately describe the performance standards under state wetland regulations that are unmet by the proposal, the specific information that is lacking and the reason the information is necessary.

A deck on the five-bedroom house, which is assessed at $4.6 million, is about 14 feet from the edge of the coastal bank, and the foundation is about 25 feet away, according to the appeal. The bank is eroding over the long-term by about 2.6 feet per year, the appeal says.

Hoeland wants the state agency to overrule the local conservation commission.

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