of Adjustment Hearing
Valley Board of Adjustment, pursuant to notices posted at City Hall in the
Fru-Con Building met to consider one agenda item.
of Adjustment members present were:
Darryl Brody, Chairperson
Attorney, Mr. Patrick Butler attended and the City Clerk, Michele McMahon
recorded the Minutes.
meeting was called to order and protocol established, those members in the
audience wishing to address the Commission regarding both agenda items were
sworn in. They included Andy and
asked Mr. and Mrs. Bender if they had objections to any of the Members of the
Board of Adjustment comprising the quorum?
To which they responded they did not.
The Chairperson read the Notice of Public Hearing for the agenda item
regarding Mr. and Mrs. Bender's request: To approve the attached garage with
a connecting roof element less than the required width as stated by Ordinance
02-1l at the property known as 1649 Horseshoe Ridge Rd.
Mr. Bender said
he and his wife have been residents of Chesterfield for twenty years and have
lived in Clarkson Valley for five years. He
explained they have 5,400 square feet of finished living area but it is a
difficult situation with just a two-car garage. Most homes, he said, have three - some even have four with
two facing each other. He named
certain garden equipment for which there was no room to store and mentioned he
had to sell this third car because there was no room.
He explained the nature of his driveway and garage with regard to egress
and how visitors need to park on the street.
He said when he
bought the house he envisioned building another garage. He spoke with architects and builders about his ideas.
He said he took particular care to design a garage - building it as far
back as can be without going beyond the building lines.
He said he made
a 16'-to-scale connecting roof element that he superimposed on the enlarged
drawing. He did not want his
project to look like an add-on, he just wanted it to look like the house was
originally built; with hand laid stonework, which he will replicate.
He also spoke about landscaping, wrapping around and blocking the second
He said he
spoke with five of the neighbors who all agreed this would be a nice addition.
The trustees have no objections. And
the Architectural Review Board approved the project before the architectural
changes were made. There will be
extra brickwork done; the ceiling will be enclosed; floodlights; and a
complimented Mr. Bender on his presentation.
There were no questions from the Board.
Honora Schiller, Alderperson from Ward II, spoke of the original reason
the ordinance was created. Several
Board Members stated the width could never be determined from the street.
There were no
proponents or opponents.
Attorney, Patrick Butler explained to the Board Members the intent of the zoning
code and read the merits and conclusion portion contained therein.
Chairperson, Darryl Brody, asked the Members for their factual determination of
the proposal to which: question (1) five are, (2) five will, (3)
five will, (4) five will not, (5) five will not, (6) five will.
then called for a vote to grant the desired variance for the Bender's with the
following results: Yeas: Brody,
DeGrendele, Koshak, Rosenstrauch and Young.
There were no nays. The
Chairperson declared the petition as being approved. The Chairperson, Darryl Brody, advised the Bender's that the
variance granted by the Board is based upon the plans, which are part of the
Application. Any change in those
plans will negate the variance that was granted at this meeting.
The meeting was
adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
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