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BZA grants variance for aquatherapy pool

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Lasting barely five minutes, the Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals met Wednesday in special session and voted 5-0 to grant Thomas and Jane Biedron a rear-yard setback variance at their 1540 Bunker Dr. home.

The BZA conducted a public hearing June 27 on the couple’s original petition to locate a 20-foot by 12-foot addition on the north side of their home, but that would encroach into a utility easement/drainage swale making permission from the Town Council necessary as well as a variance.

Last week, the Biedrons and BZA members agreed a better solution would be moving the addition to the west side of the home instead; amended paperwork was filed and the special meeting set.

No one from the public commented June 27 on the initial side-yard variance request, and no one attended Wednesday’s meeting.

The addition will house an aqua-therapy pool. Biedron is a paraplegic and has been medically prescribed the pool for needed aerobic and rehabilitative exercise; he said his health is deteriorating without the pool.

The couple had been trying for several months to secure a building permit, BZA approval and permission from the Town Council to encroach into the easement. Moving the addition makes the latter unnecessary. Town engineer Mark O’Dell said any remaining items can be dealt with during building-permit review.


Posted 7/5/2013