David and Sandra Krieter
were granted necessary approvals Thursday to build a new home here after
relocating from Florida.
The Chesterton Board of
Zoning Appeals approved having a single-family dwelling at the northeast
corner of Creita Street and Washington Avenue with a side-street setback of
8 feet instead of the required 15 feet, and waiving the need to install a
sidewalk along Creita.
Attorney Greg Babcock, who
represented the couple, said the home will be in an established neighborhood
where a small infill subdivision previously was approved for the former
Bassett florist property on South Calumet Road. He also noted existing area
sidewalks provide pedestrian access making the Creita sidewalk unnecessary.
During a public hearing no
one commented on the request for two development standard variances. Vote
was 3-0 with members Fred Owens and Jim Kowalski absent.
Also Thursday the BZA
granted a variance for Christopher Torres of 1065 Birch Trail Dr. to
increase from 4.5 feet to 6 feet the height of a planned back-yard fence. No
one commented during a public hearing.
Gina Hutman represented
Torres in his absence explaining that the home faces busy South Fifth Street
and a fence is needed for security and privacy, especially with a coyote
having been seen Monday.
BZA member Thomas Browne
said someone needs to mow and weed the exterior side of the some fences in
the subdivision that face public streets. Town engineer Mark O’Dell said
letters will be going out.
On another matter, Browne
thanked O’Dell and town staff for better pavement markings at the
intersection of South Fifth Street and County Road 1100 North. The
intersection was discussed during consideration of a previous petition.