WARSAW — The Warsaw Board of Zoning approved three variances during a board of zoning appeals session on Monday, March 27.
Kevin Runkle on behalf of the Lake City Properties LLC came before the board to request a use variance at 3755 Lake City Highway, Warsaw, to allow a medical and professional office be located within an I-2 zoning district. That zoning district is designed to provide lands for development by most general types of industrial firms. The proposed multi-tenant facility would provide office space for uses including physicians, surgeons, dentists, optometrists, attorneys and accountants.
The property located along US 30 has historically been used in a similar capacity as a multi-tenant office. Lake City Properties LLC has indicated the expected volume of traffic for the new facility will most likely be less than it was for the previous facility because of the prospective tenants. Traffic patterns are not anticipated to be affected significantly.
The adjacent properties in this area have similar uses to what has been requested by the petitioner. The use variance is not expected to negatively impact operations of surrounding businesses.
Assistant city planner Justin Taylor recommended the zoning board approve the petition. The board unanimously approved the petition.
Shana Thomas requested a variance from development standards to allow a 10-foot variance from a 20-foot front setback at 707 W. Center St., Warsaw. An approval would allow her to add a roof covered porch to the front of her home.
Taylor stated that lots in that neighborhood are typically constrained for space. However, additions to homes should be encouraged to maintain value in a competitive market and the maximization of space should be prioritized over preservation of aesthetics.
Taylor suggested the board approve the petition. The board unanimously approved the petition.
Homeowner Keith Barker requested a six inch variance from a 20 inch rear setback at 575 Webber St., Warsaw. Barker stated he planned to construct an attached garage from the west side of the existing residence. The proposed location of the attached garage adheres to the rules regarding vision and clearance per the city ordinance.
Taylor stated that Barker was making a proactive effort to create a garage that would house his car projects. Taylor stated this would be a more attractive place to keep the vehicles. Taylor recommended the board approve the recommendation. The board unanimously approved the recommendation.