Minutes: December 9th, 2020


DECEMBER 10, 2020

Lee Short
Rod Starr
Becky Starr

Chairman Bryan Baugh called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Board members in attendance included: Jack Zeigler, Tim McKenna, Sandra Erwin, and Alternates Flint Heidlebaugh and Brian Caldwell. Matt Montowski, Trustee and Todd Bickley, Zoning Inspector was also in attendance. Chairman Baugh read through the meeting process. He asked if there were any questions concerning the procedure to be used. There were no questions.

New Business

Case #254942 Clearview Investments, LTD

Sandra Erwin read the case facts. The applicants are proposing an addition to the existing home located at 5573 Helmsman Drive, also known as Lot 145 of Johnsons Landing Subdivision C. The applicants are requesting an area variance to reduce the rear yard setback from twenty-five feet (25’) to twenty-one feet (21). The property is situated in the “R-3” Residential District. Two written statements from adjoining property owners were submitted for Board review.

No board member had a conflict.

Lee Short, Rod Starr and Becky Starr were sworn in by Chairman Baugh. Mr. Short, representing the applicants, indicated that the owners are turning the cottage into a twelve (12) month home. The addition will be twenty-one feet (21’) from the property line, which results in a variance reduction of five feet (5’). The existing shed will be removed and the shed sits fourteen feet (14’) from the property line. The face of the garage will be twenty-one feet (21’) from the property line. The addition will be two (2) stories and have a new entryway with stairs to get to the second floor. The first floor will be a 2½ car garage and the upstairs will be a master suite and sitting area. The primary reason for extending four feet (4’) into the setback is because of the existing car size which will be parked in the garage. Mr. Short noted that the existing shed is about eighteen feet (18’) off the pavement edge and indicated that the addition is similar to other recently built additions in the neighborhood.

Flint Heidlebaugh questioned if any of the neighbors did not support the variance request. Mr. Short noted to two (2) letters of support and he was not aware of anyone against the application.

There were no questions from the Board and Chairman Baugh closed discussion from the floor.

The Finding of Fact was reviewed by the Board. The Board agreed with the applicant by a 5 – 0 vote on all seven (7) Items.
Tim McKenna made a motion to approve Case #254942. The motion was seconded by Flint Heidlebaugh. Motion was approved with all Board members voting in the affirmative. Chairman Baugh did not vote.

Approval of Minutes – November 11, 2020

The meeting minutes from the November 11, 2020 meeting was mailed to each member. Tim McKenna moved to approve the November 11, 2020 meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Jack Zeigler. Motion passed.

Other Business

Trustee Matt Montowski reviewed a recent driveway request from a Sand Road resident and noted the response from Ottawa County Engineer Ron Laity.

Trustee Montowski informed the Board that Dan Barlow is retiring at the end of January, 2021.


Jack Zeigler moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Tim McKenna. The meeting was adjourned at 6:29 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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Bryan Baugh, Chairman Sandra Erwin, Secretary