CRISP COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
September 17, 2013
The Crisp County Zoning Board of Appeals met at a regular meeting on the17th day of September at 9:00 a.m. in the Crisp County Government Center.
The following members were present: J.C. Clark, Dale Mitchell, Wendy Peavy and Jerry Carney. Absent was: Lucky Taylor. Also present, Connie Sangster, Crisp County Planning Director and Jimmy Mumphery, County Building Inspector. Also present were the following visitors: Earl Spurlock.
Chairman, J. C. Clark asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the August 20, 2013 meeting.
VOTE: Motion was made by Wendy Peavy with a second by Jerry Carney to approve the minutes of the August 20, 2013 meeting. Carried unanimously.
Request from Earl Spurlock for a variance to reduce the required 15' side yard setback to 5' for the purpose of constructing an accessory structure (garage) on the property. Property is zoned RS2 (Single Family Residential) and is located at 396 S. Cedar Creek Road.
Mr. Spurlock was present and spoke on his own behalf. Mr. Spurlock told the Board that if approved he would like to put up a garage, he showed the board his site plan along with an elevation plan showing what the structure would look like and where it would be located. He stated that in the process of putting it up he would have to tear down an existing building and the new building would not be any closer to the property line than the old one. Mr. Spurlock stated that he felt like the aesthetics/end product of what he is going to do would be much better for his property as well as the neighbors. Mr. Spurlock stated that both neighbors on the west and east side have no objection to his request. He stated the existing structure was there when he purchased the lot which is part of the old Whelchel subdivision. He stated when he purchased his property there was an existing house there and it was on the property line, he also stated that house has been removed from the property. Mr. Spurlock stated that he has lived in Albany for 30 years and has done developing and is fairly familiar with trying to be sure that when you do something you don't hurt people's property values and you do things in compliance with the rules and regulations that are in place. He stated that he and his wife had moved here full time about 2 months ago and they built their house 12 years ago and their plans were to retire here and now they have sold their home in Albany but now they realize they don't have the storage space for a vehicle, lawn mowers and things that you have to leave out, and that is why he is here today asking for the variance and didn't realize when he submitted it for a building permit since the existing building was there that he would have to have a variance from this board. Mr. Spurlock stated that the existing building was a pump house. Mr. Mitchell asked if county water was available there. Mr. Spurlock replied yes and he was on the water system for the house and only uses the well water for irrigation. Mr. Carney asked what level of service connection was he going to require to the garage, and the reason for this question is that after approval from this board some of these garages/structures turn into man caves. Mr. Spurlock replied that a 60 amp would probably work but if later he needed it for a recreational room that he thought that a 100 amp service would be the max. 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 Dale Mitchell, seconded by Wendy Peavy to approve the variance to reduce the required 15' side yard setback to 5' for the purpose of constructing an accessory structure (garage) on the property. Carried unanimously.