Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled two public hearings for its meeting next
month for a proposed duplex on Calumet Rd. and a three-car garage on CR 100
East next to Tremont Rd.
however, not be a hearing for a landscape business on Broadway at the corner
of 13th St. The petitioner Thomas Edward Lipinski Living Trust is
withdrawing a request for a variance to permit the business in an industrial
Engineer Mark O’Dell was able to answer issues lingering from last month’s
preliminary hearing for Jason T. Robinson’s request to allow a new duplex
development between 625 and 647 N. Calumet Rd. in Pinney’s Park across from
St. Patrick’s Church.
The case was tabled
last month when O’Dell requested that Robinson calculate the setbacks for
the eaves and overhangs and that a separate variance be sought for an
existing shed on the northeast side of the property, which incidentally
belongs to a neighbor.
variance includes a request to allow building the duplex structure in the
10-foot front yard setback to keep the sight lines along neighboring homes
and to increase lot coverage to 37.8 percent for a driveway and to have
extra space in the garage so items won’t have to be stored outside.
Robinson did submit a revised plat for the building locations, but it also
needs to have on it 12 inches for the overhang.
He also shed some
light on why the property has an existing septic tank on site when being in
town limits should require a sewer connection. As in to the Crocker area,
the federal government during the 1980s gave a grant to put in a small
diameter sanitary sewer. The holding tank would hold solids while the liquid
would go into the small sewer. Two households share one tank.
O’Dell said he
disagrees with the concept “because it doesn’t make any sense.” The Town
would need to pump the tanks periodically which is “a hassle,” O’Dell said,
but it is much cheaper than having all the sewers in the area be replaced.
“It’s all small
diameter sewers so we can’t upsize any of that,” he said.
tank would need to be moved back behind the right-of-way line, O’Dell said.
vehicles would all enter from Calumet Rd. and he will have it in his lease
that each tenant will store their items in a garage and not outside.
BZA member Fred
Owens commended the revisions Robinson made and the board voted 4-0 to set a
public hearing at its May 25 meeting.
Garage on 100E
In other business,
John Essany seeks a variance to construct a second three-car garage on his
property to store cars.
Essany resides at
the south end of CR 100E that intersects with Tremont Rd., on the opposite
side of Ind. 49 from the Fairhaven Baptist Church. The garage would be near
where CR 100E dead ends with railroad tracks to the south.
O’Dell said that
the property is zoned Industrial-1 and said it will need to be known what
the setback would be, interpreting the garage as being in a side yard.
Since the property
is an industrial zone, the setback would be 20 feet instead of 10 feet for a
residential zone. O’Dell said that Essany would need to have a variance for
the 10 feet of variance in the setback.
BZA Attorney Julie
Paulson said that there are still a few items that Essany needs to turn in,
including a copy of the deed to the property, findings of fact for the
developmental standards and a list of property owners within 300 feet.
The BZA voted 4-0
to set Essany’s case for public hearing on the condition that all his
paperwork is turned in by May 8.
In board member
comments, Kim Goldak said Centier Bank on South Calumet Rd. “did a wonderful
job” on its new signage, which took several BZA meetings to be approved.
In the end, Centier
and the BZA agreed to have a new 90 sq. ft. monument sign next to CR 100E
where it could be seen better and replace the former freestanding sign next
to Calumet Rd. with a smaller monument sign, reducing the total signage by
“I would like to
commend them. They worked well with us and it came to a happy agreement,”