KOSCIUSKO — Most of the requests presented to the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, were approved with the exception of one denial and two continuances.
The sole denial was for a variance request by Julia and David Workman, 8444 E. Lakeview Drive, Syracuse. The request would have permitted the construction of a porch residence addition 15’6″ from the right-of-way of the road. The property already has a deck, but the requested addition would include a roof and pillars.
The board was presented with three letters of remonstrance, one from a neighbor, one from the neighborhood’s property owners association and one from the Wawasee Property Owners Association.
Due to the number of remonstrators, the board unanimously chose to deny the request.
The board also heard a request from Mark Allen, Warsaw. The request was for an exception to allow a home-based business consisting of commercial recreational activity. An addition of a 70′ by 72′ building would serve as a wedding/reception/banquet hall for events.
Mark Allen explained that his daughter, Markie Allen, would oversee the business and he is the property owner. Markie Allen was at the meeting and told the board that she had the business’ details figured out but was unable to provide the board with a written copy of the details.
Area Plan Director Dan Richard suggested that Markie Allen take some time to create an outline of business’ details with information such as hours of operation and where music would occur. The board agreed and continued the request to the next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
The other case consisted of two requests made by Monica Welch, 121 E. Main St., Atwood.
Welch is requesting an exception to allow living quarters in conjunction with a business and permit small motor and motorcycle repairs in a commercial district. The second request was for a variance to allow for two uses on one tract of land, residential and auto repair.
Richard explained that the county has had previous issues with the property’s previous tenants, including rubbage and various items left outside the building. Welch said those tenants have moved out and the yard has been cleaned up. She explained that moving forward, all business would be conducted inside the building, with no business items being left outside.
While a motion was made to approve the two requests, the motion only received two votes. Two board members Lee Harman and Chuck Haffner were absent, meaning that any motion would need unanimous approval to pass. The board then voted to continue the requests to next month’s meeting where more board members will be able to vote on the matter.
In other news, the board approved:
- A continued exception request by PineBay Resort, 9 EMS B43A Lane, Warsaw. This request was continued from last month so that the petitioner could speak with remonstrators to come up with a solution regarding outside boat storage. To the remonstrators’ agreement, PineBay Resort agreed to put up screening along the property line to block the sight of the outside storage area.
- A variance request by Charles and Robecca Rau, 5323 W. Warren Ave., Silver Lake. The request allows for an illegal shed that was placed by a previous owner to be replaced by a larger shed 5′ from the sideline and 15′ from the water’s edge.
- A variance request by Mark Winter, 6969 E. Eli Lilly Road, Syracuse. The request permits the construction of a deck 3′ from the water’s edge.
- A variance request by David and Kathleen Johnston, 1119 E. Northshore Drive, Syracuse. The request permits the construction of a new roof on an existing residence addition with a 1/12 pitch versus the current flat roof.
- A variance request by Paul and Agnes Hartz, 11416 South CR 200W, Silver Lake. The request permits the construction of a shed with living quarters in the wooded area at the back of the property. The request was approved on the condition that this would be used as a getaway by family members and would not be rented out to tenants.
- A variance request by Milford Food Bank, 111 S. James St., Milford. This request allows a loading dock constructed at 13′ from the right-of-way and 3′ from the sideline.
- A variance request by Janet Cassidy, 53 EMS B11 Lane, Pierceton. The request allows for the change and alteration of a previously approved case regarding the construction of a new residence. The change includes eliminated the garage from the previous plans.