Lasting barely five minutes, the Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals met
Wednesday in special session and voted 5-0 to grant Thomas and Jane Biedron
a rear-yard setback variance at their 1540 Bunker Dr. home.
The BZA conducted a public hearing June 27 on the couple’s original petition
to locate a 20-foot by 12-foot addition on the north side of their home, but
that would encroach into a utility easement/drainage swale making permission
from the Town Council necessary as well as a variance.
Last week, the Biedrons and BZA members agreed a better solution would be
moving the addition to the west side of the home instead; amended paperwork
was filed and the special meeting set.
No one from the public commented June 27 on the initial side-yard variance
request, and no one attended Wednesday’s meeting.
The addition will house an aqua-therapy pool. Biedron is a paraplegic and
has been medically prescribed the pool for needed aerobic and rehabilitative
exercise; he said his health is deteriorating without the pool.
The couple had been trying for several months to secure a building permit,
BZA approval and permission from the Town Council to encroach into the
easement. Moving the addition makes the latter unnecessary. Town engineer
Mark O’Dell said any remaining items can be dealt with during