"Their mission is different from yours," he said. "They were looking at it as, what is the best aesthetic thing."
The dispute has implications for future applications. With some Zoning Board members feeling the process shut them out of an important decision, they may be reluctant to take up a coordinated review again.
The vote passed 3-2 to approve the variance for 120 feet, plus the minimum amount of "crown" needed, but all members supported sending a letter to the Planning Board asking them to reconsider the decision to require a monopine design.
A formal resolution on the variance will be taken up at the next ZBA meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 20.