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The Land Use Committee has been busy with several ongoing land use cases.  Thanks to all residents who have come out to share their opnions.  Below is a summary of the recent cases and their status:

 

4559 N. Central Ave. (Petition #2014-DV-046)


Liz and Eaton Investments, LLC filed for a variance of development standards to provide for two single family dwellings on two proposed 8,228 sq. ft. lots (minimum 15,000 sq. ft. lots permitted) with

    a) with the single-family dwelling on the northern lot having a 10.5 ft. front setback from 46th St. (minimum 30 ft. front setback required);

    b) with the detached garage on the northern lot having an approximately 20 ft. front setback from 46th St. and five-foot side setback for a 10 ft. aggregate side yard (minimum 30 ft. front setback required, minimum 7 ft. side setback and 19 ft. aggregate side setback required);

    c) with the single family dwelling on the southern lot having an 18 ft. aggregate side setback (19 ft. aggregate required);

    d) with the detached garage on the southern lot having a five-foot side setback (minimum 7 ft. req'd);

    e) with the southern lot having a lot width of 46 ft. (min. 80 ft. lot width required);

    f)  with both lots having an open space of 73% (minimum 75% open space required).


The land use committee voted to deny this petition based on the size of the proposed homes being inappropriate for the small lot size and the fact that one home is already constructed on the far south portion of the lot prior to any zoning notice or hearing for the second home.  The MKNA board of directors upheld the land use committee recommendation.  The petitioner filed an automatic continuance to move the hearing date to Nov. 6th and plans to present a revised plan in late Oct.  More public notices will be mailed and another MKNA land use committee meeting will be scheduled to obtain neighbor feedback prior to the next hearing.  Check the www.MKNA.org website to receive information on any future meetings concerning this petition.


5689 Broadway St. (Petition #2014-HOV-037)


Bob Abbott, representing Joshua and Rochelle Ryan, filed a variance of development standards to provide for a 572 sq. foot detached garage with a 3 foot south side setback, creating an open space of 65% (minimum 6 ft. side setback and 70% open space required).  This new 2 car garage replaces a 1 car garage built in a similar location.  The side yard setback is reduced in order to provide more maneuverability.  The contractor and petitioner will provide a written commitment that adequate drainage for this garage will be provided.  The land use committee and the MKNA board of directors recommended approval. 


4575 Guilford Ave. (Petition #2014-HOV-038)


William M. Evans filed a variance of development standards to provide for construction of a front porch with an approximate 20 ft. front setback from Guilford Ave. (minimum 25 ft. required). 


This petition was not reviewed by the land use committee because it did not receive notice from the Dept. of Planning with adequate advance notice prior to the hearing date.  After checking with adjacent neighbors who were supportive the petition was approved by the Hearing Officer with no input from MKNA.


512 E. 57th St. (Filed as 5713 and 5717 N. Central Ave. (Petition #2014-DV3-045)


John Countryman filed a variance of development standards on lot 56 for a 3 ft. south side setback and 8 ft. aggregate side setback (minimum 6 ft. side setback and 16 ft. aggregate side setback required) and lot 57 with a 3 ft. north side setback and 8 ft. aggregate side setback (minimum 6 ft. side yard setback and 16 ft. aggregate required) for construction of 2 new homes on Lots 56 and 57 respectively.


Many neighbors attended the land use meeting and spoke of concerns regarding this development and building two large homes on 40 ft. lots.  The land use committee referred to the Infill Building Guidelines published and adopted by the Dept. of Metropolitan Development that states that for new construction, setbacks should be maintained.  Given that this request reduces required setbacks by 50%, the land use committee and the MKNA board of directors recommended denying approval of this variance request.  This case is scheduled to be heard by the Board of Zoning Appeals on Oct. 21st at 1:00 pm in the Public Assembly Room of the City County Building, 100 East Washington St. 




 

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