Board of Zoning Appeals/Planning Commission, Sept. 3, 2019

October 15th, 2019  |  Published in Observer Reports

Members Present: Mayor David Weiss, chair; Rob Zimmerman, council member; Kevin Dreyfus-Wells and Joanna Ganning, citizen members

Others Present: Joyce Braverman, director of planning; Dan Feinstein, senior planner; William M. Gruber, law director

The agenda for this meeting may be found here:

https://www.shakeronline.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09032019-316?packet=true

The meeting was recorded and the audio is available here:

https://www.shakeronline.com/DocumentCenter/View/2300/2019-0903-BZACPC-Recording

Mayor Weiss called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

The minutes of the Aug. 7, 2019, meeting, approved unanimously without corrections, are available here:

https://www.shakeronline.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09032019-316

Board of Zoning Appeals

Barlage Residence, 19700 Shelburne Road:

Public hearing on the request of John Siegel, Siegel’s Construction, representing Nicholas and Traci Barlage, for variances to the garage regulations in order to construct a new detached two-car garage located in the rear yard and facing the street. On a street block where the majority of garages are attached, code requires an attached garage that does not face the street and is in the rear yard. All garages on this street block are attached and do not face the street. The existing rear facing attached garage is proposed to remain, but because of how it is constructed fits only one vehicle.

Staff supported the request, and the Architectural Board of Review approved the garage design. There were no comments or questions during the public hearing. Citing multiple precedents, the board voted unanimously to approve the variance.

Supporting documents are here:

https://www.shakeronline.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1392?fileID=4012

Goldsmith Residence, 2679 Belvoir Boulevard:

Public hearing on the request of Kevin Berger, P.K. Wadsworth, representing Jim and Nancy Goldsmith, for a variance to the location and setback requirements for an air conditioning condenser unit. The applicant proposes to replace an existing air conditioning condenser unit in the 12-foot-wide side yard with a new unit in the same location. The code allows air conditioning condenser units only in side yards measuring a minimum of 25 feet wide and requires that they be screened by a solid wood fence or evergreen vegetation. The applicant proposes to screen the unit from the street and the side neighbors with an existing solid wood fence.

Staff supported the request. There were no comments or questions during the public hearing. Citing multiple precedents, the board voted unanimously to approve the variance.

Supporting documents are here:

https://www.shakeronline.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1393?fileID=4013

Blais Residence, 18210 Fernway Road:

Public hearing on the request of Jeffrey Blais for a variance to the fence location and height regulations on a corner lot. The applicant proposes to install a 4-foot-tall wood picket fence on this corner lot at Lansmere and Fernway roads, 5 feet off the Lansmere Road sidewalk. Code requires that fences located in corner side yards not extend in front of the setback line of the principal building on the adjacent lot and stand no more than 3 feet tall. The adjacent house is set back 50 feet from Lansmere Road. The open picket fence is proposed to enclose the Lansmere side yard and attach to the existing rear-yard wood fence. The fence will be located behind new and existing grass plantings.

Staff supported the request. There were no comments or questions during the public hearing. Citing multiple precedents, the board voted unanimously to approve the variance provided that it was no more than 3-1/2 feet tall and set back 10 feet from Lansmere Road.

Supporting documents are here:

https://shakeronline.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09032019-316

The next meeting is Oct.1, 2019, 7 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Barbara Bradley

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