Board of Zoning Adjustments, Oct. 2, 2014

Back again. A neighbor and the BZA withdrew their objections to an addition at 117 Bonita Drive when the homeowner agreed to plant a privacy buffer. The Bonita request was one of two resubmitted cases after prior denials.

Back again. A neighbor and the BZA withdrew their objections to an addition at 117 Bonita Drive when the homeowner agreed to plant a privacy buffer. The Bonita request was one of two cases resubmitted in October after prior denials.

The BZA on Thursday dispatched eight cases, with two representing resubmissions on previous denials on Berkley Place and Bonita Drive.

Members present: Trey Shaeffer, Hope Cannon, Ross McCain, Jeffrey Foster and Brian Jarmon, with Lauren Gwaltney arriving late during case #3.

Members absent: Valerie Askew

Staff present: Donna Bridges, board secretary, and Greg Cobb and Vanessa McGrath, Building, Engineering and Zoning Department.

Audience attendance: 11

All votes are unanimous unless otherwise noted.

222Devon

Changes okayed at 222 Devon Drive.

Approved a variance on Devon & Hampton: The board okayed a 23-foot front building setback (19′ variance already existing) at 222 Devon Drive on Hampton Drive side in order to replace a rotting deck and porch as well as to alter a retaining wall that blocks line of sight for the driveway.

Approved variances for a bedroom/bath: A 15-foot front building variance was granted at 3101 Roxbury Drive on the Huntington Road side for a single story bedroom and bath addition at rear.

A second story is planned for this little cottage on Edgewood Blvd.

A second story is planned for this little cottage on Edgewood Blvd.

Approved two of three variances on a second-story addition: Faced with multiple variance requests for a second-story addition at 209 Edgewood Boulevard, the board considered each separately, approving variances for a .4-foot right setback and a 2-foot left building setback.

  • Denied: However, the board denied a request to build 3 feet higher than code allows. [Ms. Gwaltney arrived during this case and therefore could not vote on it.]
Back again. On a return trip to the BZA, the homeowners can build a two-car garage with attic storage, but must provide automatic sprinklers.

Back again. On a return trip to the BZA, the homeowners can build a two-car garage with attic storage, but must provide automatic sprinklers.

Approved, on a second board hearing: The board granted a 5-foot left side and 4-foot rear setback variance for a garage at 307 Berkley Place. The owner is removing a one-car garage to build a two-car garage with attic storage and a breezeway attachment to the house, saying that vandals have damaged their cars parked on the street and overhead storage is an alternative because of a wet basement. The board last month denied part of the setback request, saying the attached garage would be too far over the setback line. By removing the breezeway, the garage is judged on the more lenient setback limits for an accessory structure. However, the fire marshal requires that the garage be furnished with automatic sprinklers.

121BONITA

121 Bonita Drive

Approved variances for a bed/bath/porch addition on Bonita: A 3.6-foot right building setback and a 14.4-foot front building setback variance were allowed at 121 Bonita Drive for a one-story bedroom and bath addition with an open porch. The approval was conditioned on the porch not being enclosed.

Variances are approved for a small remodel on Peerless with little lot room to spare.

Variances are approved for a small remodel on Peerless with little lot room to spare.

Approved an addition on Peerless: The board granted a 2.11-foot right building setback variance for a screened porch at 206 Peerless Avenue. 

Approved, with landscaping changes on a resubmission: In a redo from last month, the board allowed a 4.7-foot right building setback variance at 117 Bonita Drive [pictured at top], after the owner agreed to install a tree buffer to screen for noise and provide a neighbor privacy. The objecting neighbor spoke in favor of the new plan as long as the project was built “as submitted” with no further changes.

A bigger garage with alley access is planned for this house at 546 Broadway.

A bigger garage with alley access is planned for this house at 546 Broadway.

Approved variances for a new garage on Broadway: The board allowed a 4.6-foot side setback variance and a 3-foot rear variance for a new garage at 546 Broadway Street. The current garage is inaccessible from the alley and not large enough for current cars. The owner also wanted the garage roof to match the roof pitch of the house.

The meeting was adjourned.

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