Granville Community Calendar

BZBA 9/22/05

September 22, 2005

Members Present:   Fred Ashbaugh, Don Dean (Vice Chair),  Bill Heim (Chair),  Amber Mitchell, Jim Jung 
Members Absent: 
 Also Present:  Chris Strayer, Village Planner
Visitors Present:  Dan Rogers, Barbara Franks, Jim and Jodi Schmidt, C.K. Barsky, Bernardetto Llanos, Ned Roberts
Citizens' Comments: None
Swearing in: The Chair explained the process for the upcoming hearing and swore in all those who wished to speak during the evening.

New Business:

Jim Schmidt, 218 East Maple Street - Side and Rear Setbacks

 {Mr. Ashbaugh recused himself from this application.}
 Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes a variance to go from 4' on the side to 1' on the side and 6' on the rear lot line to 2' to build a new garage. They will take down the old garage .GPC approved this pending BZBA approval.  Mr. Strayer had a question about the side lot line.   
 Mr. Heim complimented applicants on their good plans. 
 Mr. Schmidt explained that they used the original survey when they purchased the property and there are spikes there.  The rear of the lot is on an access alleyway, and neighboring garages are within 2' of the lot lines of the alley. They wish to gain easier access to the garage nfor their cars.
 Mr. Heim asked how close to the blacktop will the new garage be, and the answer was 2', which is consistent with other garages in the area. 
 Mr. Strayer took measurements and found Bernadetta Llanos' shed is 3' from the alley.  Other are within the setback also.
 Mr. Heim said the two older structures used as precedent will probably be gone sometime.  He asked whether the garage could be set back just enough to gain 3 ½', and the applicant thought this could be done. 
 The addition of a window depends upon the design, and they could either put in a window or rose bushes or trellises or window boxes, noted Mrs. Schmidt.  Mr. Heim noted that according to state regulations, if they put in windows, they may have to be 3' from the lot line.
 Mr. Jung noted they have done a great job on this project.
 Constance Barsky wanted to know what the setback would be, and she is pleased they are comfortable with moving it to 3 ½' to be aligned with the others on the asphalt.
 Dan Rogers has absolutely no problem with windows, closeness, or height or width.   His garage might be 23'.  He thinks it is fabulous they are spending money to improve the neighborhood.


Ms. Mitchell applied the criteria to the application:

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.  False.  There are no special circumstances.  
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.  True.  There are other properties that have variances for less than this one.
C. That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant.  False.  They do.
D. That the 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.  True because there are other properties that received variances with less than this request.
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 proposed variance

 Windows are determined by GPC.  The Licking County applies regulations in their building code.

Minutes of July 14:  Minutes will be considered at the next meeting.

Next Meetings:  October 22 and November 10

Closing Comments:  With regard to the Rogers Spa, Mr. Strayer said we don't allow spa water to be dumped into the public storm sewer.  But we probably would allow them to put it in their own regular sewer because of the chemical process that we use to clean the waste water.  They would have to get special approval from the storm sewer people.

Adjournment:   7:26 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Allen Hullinger

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