CRISP COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
May 21, 2013
The Crisp County Zoning Board of Appeals met at a regular meeting on the 21st day of May at 9:00 am. in the Crisp County Government Center.
The following members were present: J.C. Clark, Lucky Taylor and Wendy Peavy. Absent were: Jerry Carney and Dale Mitchell. Also present, Connie Sangster, Crisp County Planning Director and Jimmy Mumphery, County Building Inspector.
Also present were the following visitors: Tommy Smith, Ben Daniel, Mitchell Gwinn, Michael Smith and Norman Myers.
Chairman, J. C. Clark asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the April 16, 2013.
VOTE: Motion was made by Wendy Peavy with a second by Lucky Taylor to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2013 meeting. Carried unanimously.
Request from Mitchell Gwinn, III for a variance to use an existing accessory structure for storage on a parcel of property in lieu of a principal use on the property. Property is zoned RS2 (Single Family Residential) and is located at the intersection of Coney Road South and Ferry Landing Road.
Mr. Gwinn was present and spoke on his own behalf. Mr. Gwinn told the members that he purchased the property a few months ago with the intent of using the building to store part of his classic car collection. He stated his collection were good old cars, show cars for the most part. He stated he didn't do his homework, he bought the property impulsively and he should have done some more checking to find out that he needed a variance. He stated he found out when he went to get power on the building that this was going to be a problem. He stated he might have opened pandoras box because when he first bought the property he had all these visions, he was going to put a facade on the buildings and make it look like something that the train might stop at, was going to fix up the old coney store (the structure that's falling in) make it look like it did in its day. He stated he understood it does have some historical value and its one of the older buildings in the county. He stated that he had decided that neither one of those endeavors is feasible, so he is not asking for permission to do anything with the old building. He stated that in fact, it looks like it is either going to have to be moved or torn down, it is beyond repair. The only thing that he intends to use is the metal structure to keep cars in and he wants to emphasize that, there will be no cars kept outside, not going to be a junk yard, there wont be any motors or wreckers or parts outside. There will be no major repair work done, no body work, no painting, no commercial operations, no junk. He stated he would like to be able to use the facility for the uses he described. He stated he has a garage at his home where he does his minor repair work and he just needs a place to park cars. He stated he had more cars than sense and he has run out of space. He also stated that he would like to ask the board to consider a couple of other things and if this isn't the proper time and venue just let him know. He stated he would like to get permission to have a 100 amp power service so he could have lighting and be able to charge the batteries on the cars. He also would like to install a metal door on the side of the building so he could secure the premises from the inside and he would also like to enclose the back of the building which sits over an existing 20x40 pad in order to have more storage available and to cover an open pit area back there that is a liability problem. Mr. Taylor asked if there was a well on the property. Mr. Gwinn stated not to his knowledge. Mr. Taylor also asked if he planned to fence the property in. Mr. Gwinn stated that he had not planned on doing that and didn't want to make an eyesore anymore such. He stated if he could just secure the premises from the inside with a security system then he would be ok. Mr. Taylor asked, so you are emphasizing that there will be nothing stored on the outside. Mr. Gwinn replied absolutely not, and in fact, at some point and time he is looking at some other property and he may tear that building down and move it to another location, so at this point he doesn't plan on being there forever, because his collection has grown so. Ms. Peavy asked how many cars did he have and were they all going to fit in there. Mr. Gwinn replied he thinks 26 and no they will not all fit in there. He stated that he could probably squeeze 15 cars in there. He stated there won't be any hot rods, no loud noise, they will be good neighbors. He stated his cars vary from 34 Fords to 1960 Corvette and everything in between. He stated that he is going to gradually retire in Cordele and that finding a place to store his cars has not been easy. Ms. Peavy stated that she had personally seen some photos of Mitch's' cars and they are gorgeous cars. Mr. Clark asked if there was anyone present for or against the request. Mr. Norman Myers stated that he had a couple of questions for the board. He stated that the paper states RS (Residential Single Family) and what will that change to since there will not be a residence. Ms. Sangster explained that the zoning would not change and what Mr. Gwinn is asking for is a variance to use that existing building and this is not a zoning or rezoning hearing, only a variance. Mr. Myers replied OK. He stated that he owns the property right across the street on the corner and that is going to be their future retirement home here in Cordele. He stated his wife was born here, and basically that is all the questions he has, he stated he understood the situation because he also has 3 1957 Fords he has been working on for awhile and he keeps them in the back of the woods, hid out and he knows what he is talking about, that stuff can disappear real quick like. Mr. Taylor asked if he was going to be cutting the grass and keeping the property up. Mr. Gwinn replied yes and stated that he has already started that process and he would eventually need room in the building to put a tractor and a backhoe which is another reason for asking to enclose the space at the back, he stated that he is paying someone to do that now and he is going to go broke doing the landscaping out there, so it will actually look better than it does right now. Mr. Clark asked about the enclosing of the back portion. Ms. Sangster replied that should have been posted, advertised and made a part of this public hearing, so he would need to reapply for that request before this board could act on that request. Mr. Gwinn stated that he wants to be a good neighbor and he has friends out there. At this time Mr. Clark asked if there were other questions or comments. There were none. Mr. Clark stated that this concludes the public portion of the hearing and now they would go into discussion and vote.
After discussion, the chairman asked for a motion.
VOTE: A motion was made by Wendy Peavy, with a second by Lucky Taylor to approve the variance to use an existing structure for personal storage on a parcel of property in lieu of a principal use on the property and also approve a 100 amp electrical service for the building. Carried unanimously.
Request from Tommy R. Smith for a variance to 1) reduce the required 25' side yard setback to 15' on the east side; and 2) variance to reduce the required 35' rear yard setback to 12' for the purpose of constructing a 24x24 (576 sq. ft.) storage building. Property is zoned RR (Rural Residential) and located at 894 Bedgood Road.
Chairman J.C. Clark called the hearing to order. Mr. Smith along with his contractor Mr. Ben Daniel were present on behalf of the request. Mr. Smith stated that he would like to add a 24x24 storage building on his property. Mr. Daniel stated that the building will be a metal building with aluminum lap siding, steel studs, concrete slab. Mr. Daniel stated, that where Mr. Smith wants the building is the best place on the property. And if it was on the other side he would have to make a second driveway and drive through his yard to get to it and that side stays wet after a heavy rain, and there would be times he would not even be able to get to it. Mr. Taylor asked if the electricity would come off existing house. Mr. Daniel replied yes with a 60 amp panel. Ms. Peavy asked if the building would be attached or detached. Mr. Daniel replied detached. He stated it would be approximately 32' from the house and 20' from an existing open carport. Mr. Daniel stated that he was not aware of the setbacks until he called asking information on the permit and at that time became aware of the required setbacks. Mr. Clark asked what was on the side of his property now. Mr. Smith replied that on the east side there is a wood line and a mobile home and a field on the west side and the rear. Ms. Peavy asked if he was planning on having bathroom facilities. Mr. Smith replied no. Ms. Peavy asked if there were any opposition to the request. Ms. Sangster replied no. Mr. Clark asked if there were anymore questions. There were none. Mr. Clark 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 Lucky Taylor, seconded by Wendy Peavy to approve the variance to reduce the required 25' side yard setback to 15' and to reduce the required 35' rear setback to 12' for the purpose of constructing a 24x24 storage building at 894 Bedgood Road. Carried unanimously.
Request from Hector and Louise LaFramboise for a variance to reduce the required 15' side yard setback to 10' on each side yard property line for the purpose of constructing a new home. Property zoned RS2 (Single Family Residential) and is located at 864 Scenic Route.
Chairman Clark called the hearing to order. Ms. Sangster told the members that the LaFramboises' had to return to Canada for work and that Jimmy Mumphery had met with them on the property and would speak on their behalf. Mr. Mumphery told the members that the existing structure was already 10' off the property line on the right side (facing the structure) and the left side was around 15-18' off the line. He stated that the new structure they are proposing would be wider and they would still be maintaining the 10' on the right side and they would need the 10' on the left side. He stated in their packet was a sketch of the proposed structure and photos of the vacant lot, they have already torn the existing house down. Mr. Mumphery stated that you could not access the rear of the property with the existing house on it and the property slopes down in the rear. He stated he convinced the owners to tear the existing house down, it was little bit of everything, and a lot of it was done previously without permits and did not meet building codes. Mr. Taylor asked if both sides of the property had fences. Mr. Mumphery replied yes. Ms. Peavy asked if the adjoining property owners had responded to the variance. Ms. Sangster replied no. Mr. Mumphery stated it would be an improvement from what was there. Ms. Peavy asked if this was going to be a second home for them. Mr. Mumphery replied that he was not sure but they are originally from Canada and work in Canada. Ms. Peavy asked who was building it for them. Mr. Mumphery stated they had not decided yet. Mr. Clark asked if there were other questions or comments. There were none. At this time Mr. Clark stated this concluded the public portion of the meeting and they would go into discussion and vote.
After discussion, the Chairman asked for a motion.
VOTE: A motion was made by Wendy Peavy, with a second by Lucky Taylor to approve the variance request to reduce both side yard property lines from the required 15' to 10' for the purpose of constructing a new home. Carried unanimously.