The board had a very light agenda with only three items to be considered. One generated a great deal of attention and the most audience participation — a request for a 16 ft. variance for a house that had been moved from Mountain Brook to Cobb Street and improperly located too close to the street (by 9 feet) due to the owner’s confusion about how to measure for the setback. The variance originally was requested to allow for attaching a porch. Staff clarified later that the house was 9 feet beyond the setback limit even without the porch.
All votes were unanimous.
Present: Board Members Valerie Askew, Hope Cannon, Sandy Eichelberger, Jeffrey Foster, Lauren Gwaltney, Ross McCain, Trey Schaefer
Staff present: Donna Bridges, Board Secretary, Vanessa McGrath, and Greg Cobb, all of the Building, Engineering and Zoning Department
Audience attendance: 21
Postponed: The board voted to table approval of the December meeting minutes and, for the second consecutive month, the November minutes because not all board members had read them.
Denied: Setback variance for 816 Cobb Street. The house will have to be moved before construction can begin.
Approved: 4 ft. left building setback variance for 412 Woodland Drive.
Approved: .9 ft. right side building setback (existing) and .9 ft. upper level right side setback for 900 Westover Drive.