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BZA grants variances for new home and privacy fence

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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.




Posted 7/25/2014