Minutes: May 9th, 2012
CATAWBA ISLAND BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
May 9, 2012
The regular monthly meeting of the Catawba Island Board of Zoning Appeals was held on May 9, 2012 in the conference room of the Administration Building. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bryan Baugh at 7:30 p.m.
Other Board members in attendance included Tom Anslow, Sandy Erwin, Jack DeVore, and Jack Zeigler. The Zoning Inspector, Walter Wehenkel, was also in attendance. Chairman Baugh welcomed those in attendance and read the meeting format. He asked if anyone had a question. No one did. He asked the Secretary, Sandy Erwin to read the first case.
Case # 543733 Kristen Heller
The request is for an area variance to allow a side yard setback and a rear yard setback of two feet instead of the required five feet for an accessory building. The owner would like to replace an existing five foot by eight foot accessory building with an eight foot by eight foot accessory building. The address is 5846 E. Lakeview and it is lot 59 of White City Beach in Section 3, Lot 13.
Bryan Baugh asked who would be presenting the case. Kristen Heller introduced herself and was sworn in by Bryan Baugh. Ms. Heller stated the present accessory building is attached to the carport and the wood is rotting. She wants to replace it with a better quality structure. Mr. Baugh asked Mr. Wehenkel about the carport. Mr. Wehenkel stated the carport would remain and maintenance of the roof is the only activity occurring. A zoning permit is not required for re-roofing.
Mr. Baugh asked Ms. Heller if the new accessory building would be stick built on site. Ms. Heller stated she was unsure and that it would depend upon cost. It will go in the same location as there really isn’t an alternative location. The lot is pretty small. Bryan Baugh asked about the height of the accessory building. Ms. Heller stated it would match the roof of the carport.
Tom Anslow asked if a five foot by eight foot shed would suffice. Ms. Heller stated there is no storage space in the home and she would like to have something a little bigger and more in keeping with what her neighbors have. Tom Anslow was curious how she arrived at eight foot by eight foot. Ms. Heller stated eight foot by eight foot is a common size and therefore cheaper than having a unit that is custom built.
Jack Zeigler stated it was very clearly marked out which help him in his review of the request. Ms. Heller stated it doesn’t look real good right now, but she is trying to improve the overall appearance. Jack DeVore asked if it would sit on a concrete pad. Ms. Heller stated the driveway would be concrete as well as the area under the accessory building.
Bryan Baugh asked if there was any correspondence. Sandra Erwin stated there was none in the file, but that several of the notice letters were returned as undeliverable. Mr. Wehenkel stated the addresses were correct based upon the County Auditor’s records.
Mr. Wehenkel gave credit to Ms. Heller for doing things correctly by applying for permits and the variance. He indicated the records did not indicate similar actions for the neighboring storage sheds.
With no further discussion or testimony, Bryan Baugh closed the public hearing. He requested Jack DeVore read the Finding of Fact. Mr. DeVore read the Finding of Fact. The Board agreed with the applicant’s responses to all of the questions on the Finding of Fact. Several Board members offered comments concerning the responses to specific questions.
Jack Zeigler moved to approved case number 543733 be approved to allow an accessory building not larger than eight foot by eight foot in size and no closer than two feet from the rear and side lot lines. Tom Anslow seconded the motion. On roll call vote, all members voted to support the motion. The variance was approved. Mr. Wehenkel explained the permit process and told Ms. Heller she could get her zoning permit after June 13th.
Bryan Baugh requested a motion concerning the meeting minutes of April 11, 2012. Sandy Erwin moved that the minutes be approved. Her motion was seconded by Jack DeVore. The motion passed unanimously.
Jack DeVore asked that the spelling of his name be corrected to a capital V. Mr. Wehenkel apologized and stated he would make the changes.
Jack Zeigler asked if the unit moved from Marine Max to the adjoining property met the setback requirement for the steps. There was some discussion and his observation made it unclear to him. Mr. Wehenkel indicated he would check into the situation and report back to the Board. He stated he believed it was in compliance.
Jack DeVore moved to adjourn the meeting. Sandy Erwin seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Bryan Baugh, Chairman Sandra Erwin, Secretary