By Maggie Kenworthy
WARSAW — During the Warsaw Board of Zoning Appeals meeting held tonight, Sept. 28, the board approved a variance request related to an auto sales business and denied a variance request related to an eyebrow service business.
Jordan Greenberg petitioned for a use variance at 2249 N. Detroit St., to allow auto sales in an I-2 District. While auto lots are typically not permitted in an I-2 District, there is an auto lot located nearby at 2775 N. Detroit St. In addition, previous sign permits for this lot show that it was used for auto sales in 1998.
Greenberg was present at the meeting and stated that the business, Fifth Gear Garage, would utilize the existing building.
“Considering the location, history of the site and surrounding land uses, it is the recommendation of the planning department that the board approve this request,” said Johnny Latsko, assistant planner.
The board unanimously approved this request.
Vani Kasireddy petitioned to allow a home occupation variance in an R-1 District at 2332 Highlander Drive. The proposed business would consist of an eyebrow service business with an estimated five to eight customers per day, coming to the property one at a time.
The subdivision where the property is located has a restriction that disallows any commerce or trades on the lots. The planning department received two letters objecting to the request related to this restriction.
Kasireddy’s husband was present at the meeting to represent her request. “As for the community guidelines, we do not want to park any kind of car on the roadway, it will be only on the driveway,” he said. “It will be only one appointment at a time and no traffic.”
He confirmed to the board that they have not yet bought the house, and are requesting this home occupation variance before finalizing the purchase.
“While some instances of home occupation have been allowed for beauty salons in R-1 Districts in the past, it is generally discouraged due to the nature of individuals coming to the home,” said Latsko. “Additionally, because there is no existing source of non-residential traffic of commercial uses in the neighborhood, it is the opinion of the planning department that the board does not approve this request.”
The board voted unanimously to decline this request.