Richard Neal, owner
of the currently vacant building at 102 Brown Ave., is seeking a use
variance from the Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals which would permit the
operation of a dog grooming, daycare, and boutique business there.
Ordinance’s table of uses does not specifically include that kind of
business, hence the need for the variance.
As Neal’s attorney,
Greg Babcock, told the board at a preliminary hearing Thursday evening, the
business itself would be run by Tonya Fugate. The building, most recently
occupied by Zeno Signs & Graphics (now at 505 Grant Ave.) is around 2,000
square feet in size and well suited to the business, which would be open
from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and have a capacity of five to seven dogs at one time.
Fugate plans on
enclosing an area on the east side of the building for a dog run, which will
include various play and exercise equipment. No dogs would be left
unattended in the enclosure and no more than one at a time would be
permitted inside it, Babcock said.
Babcock added that
there would be no overnight kenneling and that all dogs would need to be
up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Riley saw no particular issue with Neal’s petition. “It is ideally located,
so far as being completed surrounded by commercial property,” he said. “So
if the dogs get noisy, no one will lose any sleep.”
Member Joel Carney
agreed. “I think that’s a good location,” he said for his part.
voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at their next
meeting, Sept. 24.
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In other business,
members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at their next meeting on
the petition of Ryan and Scarlet Spain, who are seeking two variances which
would permit them to build an additional two-vehicle garage connected to
their home via a breezeway.
The first variance
would reduce the minimum side-street setback from 25 feet to 18 feet, a
variance of seven feet. The side street in question, running along the west
of the Spains’ home, is a platted but unimproved right of way.
The second variance
would permit the construction of the breezeway, by reducing the minimum
percentage of principal structure which must be covered by the connecting
breezeway from 50 percent to around 35 percent.
representing the Spains, told the board that the petitioners need the
additional two-vehicle garage to store several antique autos and other
found no issues with the petition, although Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said
that the Spains need to have a survey done of the platted but unimproved
side street, to confirm that it is, in fact, 18 feet from the garage.
Babcock did tell
the board that the homeowners association would have the right to challenge
the issuance of the building permit, even if members do grant the two
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voted unanimously to grant two variances to Earl and Kathy Clark, which will
permit them to demolish their old garage, original to the home, and build a
larger garage on their property at 223 S. Eighth Street.
The first variance
increases the maximum lot coverage under the Zoning Ordinance from 30
percent to 41 percent; the second reduces the minimum sideyard setback from
eight to three feet, a variance of five feet.
The Clarks told the
board that the existing garage isn’t large enough for modern vehicles.
“I don’t have any
problem with this,” Carney said. “This would pretty much be standard for
voted unanimously to dismiss, on O’Dell’s recommendation, BenLew Enterprises
LLC’s petition for multiple variances on its property at the southeast
corner of South Calumet Road and East Porter Ave.
appeared before the BZA in May seeking the variances--most of them related
to setbacks and lot coverage--but never made it clear what sort of business
they wanted to run from the old travel agency.