Board of Zoning Appeals held three preliminary hearings at its in-person
meeting on Thursday evening.
interest: the exceedingly complicated petition submitted by BenLew
Enterprises, the new owner of the property at the southeast corner of East
Porter Ave. and South Calumet Road, the same property which the Town Council
was formerly interested in acquiring for right-of-way as part of a proposed
reconfiguration of that intersection.
zoned B-2, features two structures: the house located at the corner itself,
which has always been used a residence; and a commercial property
immediately to the west. BenLew is interested in subdividing the property,
with a Parcel A comprised of the house, which would continue to be used as a
single-family residence; and a Parcel B, which would be used for
unspecified--or rather vaguely specified--commercial purposes.
of BenLew suggested that he and his partner are considering renting the
commercial space on Parcel B to folks who want to store vehicles on the
premises and perform light auto repairs on them. But they’re also
considering installing a kitchenette and making the building a “club” of
some sort for car buffs. “There’s kind of some gray areas as to use,”
In any event, by
subdividing the property, BenLew would be opening a can of worms requiring
six separate variances for each parcel, related to setbacks, lot size, and
The problem is, as
Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson observed, it’s impossible at this
point, prior to subdividing, to know where the new parcels’ lot lines would
fall, and so it would be impossible to specify the 12 variances, calculated
as they need to be on the exact location of lot lines and on the dimensions
of the parcels.
Lewandowski to petition the Advisory Plan Commission’s Plat Committee for a
subdivision of the property, then return to the BZA. “The first thing that’s
got to happen is splitting the lots,” he said.
was expressed about the possible use Parcel B. “I need some further
explanation,” Member Jim Kowalski said.
“Auto repair is the
issue,” Town Engineer Mark O’Dell noted. “The concern is that it could
unanimously to continue the preliminary hearing.
The BZA held two
other preliminary hearings on Thursday, both related to lot coverage.
Peter and Karen St.
Mary are seeking a variance to increase the 30-percent maximum lot coverage
permitted by the Zoning Ordinance to 32 percent, to allow the construction
of an enclosed sun room at the rear of their duplex at 1505-07 Washington
Ron and Jordana
Zachara are seeking a variance to increase their lot coverage from 30
percent to 36 percent, to allow the construction of a swimming pool and
patio in the rear of their home at 2121 Pradera Trail.
unanimously to hold public hearings on both petitions at their next meeting,