With the bare minimum of the BZA’s membership showing up, all variance approvals required a unanimous vote of the four members present. A request from Forest Drive homeowners, also unanimous, was a denial. See cases, below.
Members present: Brian Jarmon, Jeffrey Foster (S), vice chairman, Lauren Gwaltney and Beverly LeBoeuf.
Members absent: Ross McCain, chairman, Hope Cannon, and Valerie Askew (S).
Staff present: Greg Cobb and Vanessa McGrath, Building, Engineering, and Zoning Department, Donna Bridges, board secretary.
Audience attendance: 12
*Note on procedure: By state law, zoning variances granted by the 5-member board require a super majority of 4 members voting in the affirmative. To keep business moving in case of absences, the law also allows two substitutes to sit in and vote if needed. All decisions are made following a public hearing. Variances expire in 180 days if a building permit isn’t obtained.
Approved a variance for a new house on Warwick Drive: Builder Colt Byrom requested a 15-foot variance from the front setback regulations to build on a hillside vacant corner lot at 600 Warwick Drive, a block from Brookwood mall.
Denied a variance for a new garage on Forest Drive: The four members unanimously denied a variance requested at 606 Forest Drive for a detached garage because of space concerns. The proposed building was 580 square feet over the size allowed (and nearly the same size as the house), which is computed as a percent of the back yard square footage. The situation was further complicated because the house sits so far back on the lot. An existing storage building is allowed to remain.
Approved a variance for a house addition on Mecca: The board approved a 10-foot left building setback variance for an addition.
Approved a variance for a garage on Morris: The board approved a 3.7-foot “step-in” variance at 507 Morris Boulevard, allowing the owners to build a two-story garage. Without a variance, second stories have to be set back from the ground floor.
Approved extra room to build an addition on La Prado Place: A 4.57-foot variance from the required front setback was allowed for an addition to this house at 218 La Prado Place, a corner lot.
Approved a variance for an addition to a corner house on Primrose Place: The 11.5-foot front variance granted at 1503 Primrose Place applies to the side of the house facing Laurel Place. A .67-foot right setback variance was also approved.