Granville Community Calendar

BZBA 09/23/99

BOARD OF ZONING AND BUILDING APPEALS
SEPTEMBER 23,1999
Minutes
Members Present: Ashlin Caravana,Bob Essman, Greg Sharkey ( Vice Chairman)
Members Absent:Lon Herman ( Chairman), Eric Stewart
Also Present: Kathryn Wimberger,Village Planner
Visitors: Stephen & Patricia Davis,Denise & James Mack
The Meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Sharkey.
Minutes of August 26, 1999: MS. CARAVANA MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES
AS PROVIDED. MR. ESSMAN SECONDED,AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY
APPROVED.
All those who wished to speak during the evening were sworn in by the Vice Chairman}
Citizens' Comments: none
New Business:
Stephen and Patricia Davis, 448 West College Street
The applicants wish to remove the 60-year-old garage and build a one-car cinder
block garage in the same location with the same footprint and roofline. The difference will
be an arch in the front door. The garage was built into the hillside and the pressure has
pushed the walls beyond repair. A variance is needed for east side setback requirements.
GPC members had no problems with the application.
MS. CARAVANA MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION FOR 448
WEST COLLEGE STREET FOR A ONE-CAR GARAGE IN THE SAME
LOCATION BE APPROVED AS SUBMITTED. MR. ESSMAN SECONDED,
AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Ms. Caravana applied the criteria:
A. That special circumstances or conditions exist which are peculiar to the land or
structure(s)involved and which are not applicable to other lands or structures in the
same zoning district. The proposed structure will be a replacement of an existing
structure in the exact same location, the same size and footprint. The layout of the land
would prohibit another location.
B. That a literal interpretation of the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance would
deprive the applicants of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same
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zoning district under the provisions of this Ordinance. Other garages are built within
setback limitations.
C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of
the applicant. The garage was built by another owner.
D. Granting the variance will not confer on the applicant any undue privilege that
is denied by this Ordinance to other lands or structures in the same zoning district.
Others have garages within the setbacks, so no undue privilege would be granted
E. That the granting of the variance will in no other manner adversely affect the
health,safety and general welfare of the persons residing or working within the
vicinity of the proposed variance. We do not see how the health,safety, or general
welfare would be affected; in fact, the garage would improve the appearance of the
neighborhood.
Denise and James Mack,420 West Maple Street
The applicants are requesting a side-yard variance to build a two-car A-frame style
garage on the carport. It will not go into Sugar Loaf There is insufficient room for a
garage because of landscaping and lay ofthe land. Because of drainage restrictions,the
garage cannot be built closer to the house, and they will put in a horseshoe drain to lead
water to the road. Mr. Mack said that a big maple tree will be removed when the village
widens the road, and adding curbing would preclude parking on the street, as they have
been. Although a one-car garage would probably fit within code, the applicants want
space for two cars and tools. Two trees would act as buffer from the street.
Ms. Caravana thought that because the lot is spacious it would not impinge on the
neighboring property, which has a garage close to the property line if not actually on the
Mack lot. The hill in back limits placing garage further back.
Mr. Sharkey added that they do not want to chop up the yard any more than they
have to. He asked about the driveway material and Mr. Mack said it would be blacktop, little a wider than it is now,for easier snowplowing. He asked about landscaping and Mrs.
Mack thought she would put in flower beds and a herb garden. They may add a sidewalk
from back door to the back ofthe garage. There is a lot of shade from the trees.
MR. ESSMAN MOVED THAT THE VARIANCE FOR SIDE YARD
SETBACK BE GRANTED AS REQUESTED. MS. CARAVANA SECONDED,
AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Mr. Essman applied the criteria for variance:
A. That special circumstances or conditions exist which are peculiar to the land or
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structure(s)involved and which are not applicable to other lands or structures in the
same zoning district. The topography of the lot does not allow many options. The
drainage of this area creates a need to push the garage away to keep water from the
house. The existing landscape on the property will help the neighbors' property and
create visual screening from the street. It's a fairly spacious area so that 4' would not
create a cramp. It's only one story high.
B. That a literal interpretation of the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance would
deprive the applicants of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same
zoning district under the provisions of this Ordinance. The applicant does not
currently have a garage,and most village residents enjoy a garage.
C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of
the applicant. The applicant did not design the lot ofthe slope.
D. Granting the variance will not confer on the applicant any undue privilege that
is denied by this Ordinance to other lands or structures in the same zoning district.
We have frequently granted side yard setbacks to accommodate different situations.
E That the granting of the variance will in no other manner adversely affect the
health,safety and general welfare of the persons residing or working within the
vicinity of the proposed variance. This plan will allow property owners to park cars off
the street,which is a safety factor.
Finding of Fact: MS. CARAVANA MOVED TO ADOPT THE FINDINGS OF THE
BOARD AS FORMAL FINDING OF FACT. MR. ESSMAN SECONDED, AND
MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Adjournment: 7:50 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Next Meetings are all at irregular times:
October 27, Wednesday
November 18, Thursday
December 16, Thursday
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Allen
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