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BZA to hold public hearing Thursday on dog daycare

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The Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the town hall.

All attendees will be required to wear masks and practice social-distancing.

Two public hearings are on the agenda. The first is on Richard Nealís petition for a use variance to allow the operation of a dog grooming, daycare, and boutique business in his currently vacant building at 102 Brown Ave. The proprietor of the business would be Tonya Fugate.

The Zoning Ordinanceís Table of Uses does not specifically list that kind of business, hence the need for a use variance.

The business would be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and have a capacity of five to seven dogs only at one time. Fugate plans to enclose an area on the east side of the building for a dog run, which would include various play and exercise equipment. No dog would be left unattended in the enclosure and no more than one at a time would be permitted inside it.

There would be no overnight kenneling and all dog owners would be required to show proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

The second public hearing is on Ryan and Scarlet Spainsí petition for two variances to allow them to build an additional two-vehicle garage connected to their home via breezeway, on their property at 109 Laurel Creek Drive.

The first variance would reduce the minimum side-street setback from 25 feet to 18 feet, a variance of seven feet. The side street in question, running along the west side of the Spainsí home, is a platted but unimproved right-of-way. The second variance would permit the construction of the breezeway, by reducing the minimum percentage of principal structure which must be covered by the connecting breezeway from 50 percent to around 35 percent.

The Spains wish to store several antique autos and other things in the additional garage.

Two preliminary hearings are also scheduled:

-- BMO Harris Bank N.A. and Jennifer McLain, co-guardians of the estate of William Hope III, are seeking a variance for a six-foot privacy fence bordering a backyard which fronts a thoroughfare, at an unspecified address.

-- Shaun and Kimberly Connelly are requesting a variance to exceed by 9 percent the maximum permitted lot coverage of 30 percent, at an unspecified address.


Posted 9/23/2020





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