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8/29/2013 Land Use Meeting Minutes

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The land use committee convened at the Womack Memorial CME Church to discuss three cases filed during the month of August.  Present were David Gorden, Eileen Hack, Justin Kingen, Mary Owens and Robin Anderson.  Pending Cases are as follows:


1)  4257 Guilford Ave. filed by Dr. Jacqueline Carroll-McFarland on behalf of Liberation Ministries.  Rezoning of a residential property to SE (Special Exception) for church-related services.  8 neighbors living nearby attended and expressed their opposition to the rezoning primarily due to the lack of parking on Guilford St.  This is a narrow street with parking allowed on one side.  Recent services held at this property have caused problems for neighbors finding parking in front of their residences (most do not have driveways and many are elderly).  Church services have been held at this address during most of 2013 and neighbors have filed complaints with zoning enforcement.  Given that there is no off-street parking available for this use, the committee recommends denial of the petition. 

**NOTE: The Board of Zoning appeals DENIED this petition at their meeting on Tuesday, 9/17.


2)  5332-5334 N. Delaware St. – Variance of development standards filed by the property owner (Rardon) for a 3 ft. rear yard setback (minimum 5 feet) to construct a 42 ft. x 20 ft. 4 car garage.  (Justin Kingen recused himself for this discussion.)  Mr. Rardon has owned this property, a double residence, for several years and he and his wife live in one side of the double.  The existing driveways would remain and permeable pavement will replace the garage apron to help with drainage.  They also plan to use up to 5 rain barrels to capture rain from the larger roof area.  Most garages also are positioned within the rear setback in this area.  No neighbors are opposed and the committee recommends approval of the petition.


3)  4353 N. Washington Blvd. – Variance of development standards filed by Jeffrey and Andrea Pierson for a five-foot north side setback to allow for a second floor exterior entrance to a garage (seven feet required).  Mr. Pierson explained that the entrance contemplated would be difficult to see from Washington Blvd. and that there is not adequate space in the garage for internal stairs to access the second floor, in which a home office will be constructed.  Since the stairs will be constructed of wrought iron, would not be visible and the adjacent neighbor is not opposed, the committee recommends approval of the petition.


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