CRISP COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
March 15, 2011
The Crisp County Zoning Board of Appeals met at a regular meeting on the 15th day of March 2011 at 9:00 am. in the Crisp County Government Center.
The following members were present: Emmett Walker, J.C. Clark, Jerry Carney and newly appointed board member Lucky Taylor. Absent was Wendy Peavy. Also present, Connie Sangster, Secretary & Planning Director & Jimmy Mumphery, County Building Inspector.
Also present were the following visitors: Joseph and Vicki Pakula.
Chairman Emmett Walker called the meeting to order. Mr. Walker asked for a motion on the Minutes of September 21, 2010.
VOTE: Motion was made by Jerry Carney with a second by J.C. Clark to approve the Minutes of the September 21, 2010 meeting. Carried unanimously.
1st Order of Business
Floor was open for nomination.
Motion was made by Jerry Carney, seconded by J.C. Clark to elect Connie Sangster as Secretary. Vote carried unanimously 4-0.
Mr. Walker stepped down as chairman and floor was open for nomination.
Motion was made by Jerry Carney, seconded by J.C. Clark to elect Emmett Walker as Chairman. Vote carried unanimously 4-0.
Elect Vice Chairman
Floor was open for nomination.
Motion was made by Jerry Carney, seconded by Lucky Taylor to elect J.C. Clark as Vice Chairman. Vote carried unanimously 4-0.
Mr. Walker introduced and welcomed new Board Member Lucky Taylor.
Requests from Joseph Pakula on the following: 1) reduce the required 15' (west) side yard property line setback to 8', and 2) reduce the required 15' (south) rear property line setback to 8' for the placement of a 12x28 (336 sq. ft.) storage building. The property is located at 110 Cedar Lake Drive and is zoned RS2 (Single Family Residential).
Chairman Emmett Walker called the hearing to order. Mr. Walker read aloud the criteria and procedures that the board considers when making decisions. At this time, Mr. Walker read aloud the variance requests. Mr. and Mrs. Pakula were present and spoke on their own behalf. Mr. Pakula stated there was an existing shed in the same location where the new one is when they bought the house. He stated the old one was a three sided shed, with a back, side and front wall but no end wall with a roof over the entire building. He stated the building could not be used for very much because of the wind and rain blowing in. He stated that his business had slowed down considerably and was basically out of business so he needed a place to put his personal tools in and that was the purpose of the new building. He stated he tore the old building down and ordered the new building and after it was located on the property he discovered he needed a permit. Mr. Pakula told the board that in his mind he thought that if he didn't build anything on the property and he was just replacing a building that was already there, then he would not need a permit. He stated that this building was larger than the older one but located in the same place. He stated that the corner of the new building was in the same location as the old building. Mr. Pakula stated that basically they bought the building put it in place and then found out that he needed a permit which he apologizes for and also that it needed to be 15' from the property line because of the size of the building. He stated that if he had to go by the 15' required setbacks it would put the building in the middle of their backyard and that would not be very practical, so they are asking for the variance to be able to keep the new building in the same location as the old one. Mr. Pakula gave the board members a letter from both of his adjacent property owners, Suzan Smith and Troy Pullin with no objection to the request. Mr. Pakula stated that the old building was an eyesore and the new one is a much nicer building. J.C. Clark stated that he saw the building and at that time did not realize it was already setup. He stated that it was a very nice building and was in a good position. Jerry Carney stated that what he would ask - just so it isn't a run around, if anybody should ask, tell them to remember to get a permit, he would appreciate that. Mr. Pakula replied yes. Emmett Walker asked the Pakula's how long have they lived there. They replied since 1998 - about 13 years. Mr. Walker asked if there were other questions. There were none. Mr. Walker stated that this concluded the public hearing portion of the meeting and now they would go into discussion and vote.
After discussion, the chairman asked for a motion.
VOTE: A motion was made by J.C. Clark seconded by Jerry Carney to approve the variance requests to reduce the required 15' side and rear property line setbacks to 8' for the purpose of placing a 12x28 storage building on the property. Carried unanimously 4-0.