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BZA Zooms meeting zooms through five preliminary hearings

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals Zoomed its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, holding five preliminary hearings and scheduling each for a public hearing at its May meeting.

All members and relevant department heads were in attendance.

Should Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order still be in effect on the fourth Thursday of May, however, it’s likely that those public hearings will be re-scheduled, given the impracticality of coordinating remote remonstration.

BenLew Enterprises

BenLew Enterprises is seeking a variance to permit an R-1--single-family use--in a building zoned B-2. The building in question: the former offices of Winey Insurance at 762 S. Calumet Road.

Brian Lewandowski of BenLew told members that the building was constructed as a single-family home in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century and is located in a neighborhood with “a lot of residential use.”

“It would function just fine as a residential use as it used to be before,” he said.

Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson emphasized that granting the requested variance would not constitute a re-zone of the property.

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at their May 28 meeting.

William and Marcie Stone

William and Marcie Stone, developers of the Stone Meadow subdivision on 1100N, are seeking a petition to install a six-foot privacy fence on the corner lot at 2017 Terrano Drive. The Zoning Ordinance permits fences no taller than 4.5 feet on corner lots.

William Stone advised members that there’s “no issue with the line of sight” at the intersection of Terrano Drive and 1100N.

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at their next meeting, on the condition that the Stones submit a revised site plan.

Jonathan Hicks and

Amber Hensell Hicks

Jonathan Hicks and Amber Hensell Hicks, the founders of Frontline Foundations Inc., are seeking a variance to allow a second principal structure on their property at 1008 Broadway.

Their attorney, Greg Babcock, told members that Frontline Foundations and NorthShore Health Center have merged and that Frontline has no further use for the modular building located immediately to the north of their main offices. Accordingly, the Hickses want to lease the modular building, which would make it a second principal structure.

Two ancillary variances would also be needed: one to allow that second principal structure to be located fewer than the minimum 10 feet from the original principal structure; the other for a rear setback of fewer than the minimum 10 feet in a B-3 zone.

The Hickeses are amenable to listing various uses which would not be permitted in the modular building, including bar and nightclub. Those conditions would attach to the property, Parkinson noted.

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at their next meeting.

Barbara Homme

Barbara Homme is seeking a variance to permit an increase of lot coverage to 34 percent from the maximum of 30 percent permitted by the Zoning Ordinance.

Her attorney, Babcock, told members that Homme wants to enclose a rear deck at her home, 109 Westchester Ave., to make a three-season room but that in doing so her lot coverage would increase by 4 percent.

Babcock added that there is ample room in her back yard for drainage.

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at their next meeting.

John Deal

John Deal is seeking two variances: one to erect an accessory structure in his front yard at 1840 S. 11th St.; the second to build an accessory structure 17.5 feet in height, 18 inches higher than the maximum 16 feet permitted by the Zoning Ordinance.

Deal told members that he wants to build the accessory structure to house his RV and that it would be difficult to get the RV into the rear of his house, which is currently under construction.

He noted that the accessory structure would be sited not only 440 feet off South 11th Street but behind a dense wood line. “It’s not going to be very visible,” he said. “Most won’t be able to see either the house or the building.”

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at their next meeting.

 

Posted 4/27/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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