Apparently the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals was too generous with a petitioner earlier this year.
During the regular monthly meeting of the BZA Tuesday morning in Warsaw, the board reconsidered a petition by Michael Papp that would allow an existing enclosed carport to remain as placed on the west side of Koher Road, north of CR 900 North in Turkey Creek Township. The carport was enclosed without a building permit being obtained. Matt Sandy, assistant planner for the county, noted the BZA originally denied the petition in April and gave Papp three years to restore the carport to its original condition.
But that decision was appealed through the court system and the petition was sent back to the BZA asking the board to justify why Papp was given so much time when it only took him about five days to enclose the carport. The BZA then decided to give Papp only 90 days to restore the carport to its original condition.
Also on the agenda, the BZA denied a petition by Robert Dellen to add a screened porch to his house that would only be 23 feet from the water’s edge when a minimum of 35 feet is required by the county ordinance. The property is located on Ogden Point Road at Lake Wawasee.
Sandy noted the Wawasee Property Owners Association provided input on the petition and said allowing the porch would mean the structure is even closer than the 35 feet required. The view of the lake for nearby property owners would be affected, too.
Other agenda items included:
- Craig and Paula Luthy were granted a variance to repair storm damage and construct a second story addition to a residence on EMS W17A Lane, south of EMS W16A Lane in Tippecanoe Township.
- Martha Shields was given a variance to build a second story addition to a residence on Greenwalt, east of South Street in Tippecanoe Township.
- The petition for Curtis and Angela Grady for a variance to permit a residential fence on Second Trail at the intersection with Third Trail in Tippecanoe Township was continued until the Nov. 12 meeting. Some of the neighbors questioned whether part of the fence is actually in the right of way. The BZA requested a survey of the property before a decision is made.
- And Kricsie Myers was given approval for two petitions. One is for an oversized accessory building, which allows a non-conforming use to be altered. The other is to permit construction of a residence addition. The property is on Kalorama Road in Tippecanoe Township.