BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

 

MINUTES

 

April 10, 2007

 

 

Members Present:††††††††† Lynne Thomas-Roth††† †††††††††††† Glynn Marsh

††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† Al Butler†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Lawrence Beyer

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City Staff Members

Present:††††††††† †††††††††††††††† John Applegate†††††† ††††††††††††††††† Denise Winemiller

 

 

††††††††† Mrs. Thomas-Roth called the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to order.

 

††††††††† Attendance was taken and Mr. Bruns was absent from the meeting.

 

††††††††† 1.†††††† Mrs. Thomas-Roth asked if there were any additions or corrections from the minutes of the January 9, 2007 meeting.There were no corrections so Mr. Beyer moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.Mr. Marsh seconded the motion.All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

 

††††††††† 2.†††††† 07-05 - Request for a variance in the rear yard set back from Jeff Testerman for Continental Testing Inc. located at 104 South Main Street.

 

††††††††† Mr. Applegate said Mr. Testerman was present at the meeting representing Continental Testing.He referred to the map attached to Mr. Testermanís application.There is an existing structure at the north end of the building.It is a block structure that is there now.

 

††††††††† Mr. Testerman said they would be matching the existing rear structure. The area would be used for storage. They have a large amount of electronic equipment and they basically need more storage space.

 

††††††††† Mr. Marsh asked if the extension will extend back, close to the existing fence.The building does not sit straight on the lot.They will not go out to the property line.Mr. Testerman said they would have to move the air conditioning units underneath the canopy.He said they were going to leave the existing canopy in place.The outside appearance would not be changed.

††††††††† Mr. Marsh asked if the canopy was an actual extension of the existing roof and Mr. Testerman said yes.

††††††††† Mr. Applegate said he was looking at the small property wedge that was left and he asked what they would be doing to maintain it.Mr. Testerman said that was a good question but they were planning on removing the fence that was on Continentalís side.They would probably seed the area.Mr. Applegate said they would have to walk on the other personís property to maintain it.

††††††††† Mr. Testerman said they could put it in concrete so they wouldnít have to maintain it, or they could extend the structure out to the property line.

††††††††† Mr. Marsh established that Mr. Testerman was the contractor, not the owner.

††††††††† Mr. Applegate was not sure how part of the structure could be made wider.

††††††††† Mr. Testerman said possibly the best thing would be to put the area in concrete.Mr. Applegate suggested a slope because a drain had been installed in that area.

††††††††† The structure will be made of block to match the existing structure.

††††††††† Mr. Applegate said this is a commercial building and the plans will have to be submitted to the county.This meeting is just concerning the variance.

††††††††† Mr. Applegate said the way it is now, it is open and is collecting junk so they would like to have the area enclosed.

 

††††††††††† Mr. Applegate said they were working on getting new paving.They have been adding new down spouts so the water is not running into the alley.

††††††††† Mr. Testerman said the owner is hoping to increase his business.

††††††††† The business is avionic testing, calibration and service work.The parts are sent from all over to Continental Testing.

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††††††††† Mr. Marsh moved that the variance be granted.Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.All concurred and the motion was passed.The variance was granted.

††††††††† Mr. Testerman said he would make the area look nice.

 

††††††††† 3.†††††† Open Agenda

 

††††††††† Mrs. Thomas-Roth noted that Mr. Pittman was approached and had agreed to plant landscaping for screening. Mr. Applegate said everything was already planted.

 

††††††††† There was a discussion that the plants, and that forsythia would not do much screening in the winter. Mr. Marsh said it was not an appropriate plant for landscape screening.Mr. Butler suggested that was something they should consider doing in the future, determine size and type.Mr. Butler said Mr. Pittman had been very agreeable at the time.There is still some extra items there and some of it will be moved.Mr. Applegate said he had checked with Mr. Moore and he said once a conditional use had been granted, they could not retract it.They could treat it as a violation.Mr. Applegate said the zoning code does discuss opaqueness and he was still thinking of a way to achieve what needed to be done.Mr. Butler said they should have made things more specific.It was a nice presentation at the time.Mr. Applegate said Mr. Pittman is still trying to get on his feet but his business is picking up.Mr. Applegate said he kept hoping that he would get the place cleaned up but that they had given him long enough.He said he told him that he must keep things clean.

 

††††††††† They talked about arborvitae trees that stay green all year.Mr. Marsh said of the landscaping choices he considered, none are acceptable.

††††††††† Mr. Butler said the truck sitting around is one issue and the items sitting around is another issue.

††††††††† He said it was something to keep in mind for next time.

††††††††† Mr. Marsh asked if there was anything going on with The Glen.Mr. Applegate said he had been contacted by Debbie Ripley, the realtor, and they are getting signs ready to put up.Mr. Applegate said they have been watching the market but the development is still on and moving forward.

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††††††††† Mr. Butler asked if they could get the packets the day before the meeting.Mr. Applegate said they would.

††††††††† 4.†††††† Mr. Marsh moved that the meeting be adjourned.Mr. Butler seconded the motion.All concurred and the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting was adjourned.