Board of Zoning Appeals has granted a variance to permit slightly more lot
coverage than permitted by the Zoning Ordinance to a homeowner who wants to
add a three-season room to his residence at 615 Jefferson Ave.
At their meeting
Thursday night, members voted unanimously to grant the variance to Terry
Hiestand, whose plans for the 16’ x 16’ room will bump total lot coverage on
the property up to 35 percent, 5 percent more than permitted.
Hiestand told the
board that he and his wife recently moved from their home in Graham Woods to
the one-story ranch on Jefferson Ave. after arthritis made taking stairs
painful and impractical for his wife. What makes the house convenient for
them, however, is also what makes a variance necessary: adding a room to a
one-story home inevitably increases its overall footprint and therefore its
lot coverage. “If this were a two-story home, it wouldn’t be an issue,”
Hiestand noted that
the wings of the ranch will block views of the three-season room to the
north and west and that the nearest properties to the east and south are
“far removed” from their house.
percent coverage really wouldn’t be a negative,” Hiestand said, then added
that planned unit development ordinances for some of the subdivisions
currently being built in town provide for substantially more lot coverage
than 30 percent.
The board agreed
Ackerman and Fred Owens both said they had no issues with Hiestand’s
petition, while Member Kim Parrilli-Goldak wished the Hiestands joy of their
new room. “I’m happy for you and you’ve made a great choice,” she said. “I
think the room would be a lovely addition.”
At a public hearing
prior to the vote, no one spoke in favor of the petition and no one in
Members took a
moment at the end of the meeting to re-schedule the date of their next
meeting, which conflicts with Thanksgiving. Next month the BZA will meet at
6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.