Jesus Quiroga had his preliminary hearing with the Porter Board of Zoning
Appeals last night, but there was no public hearing Wednesday for Robin and
BZA attorney Laura Frost determined the required minimum 10-day legal notice
was published nine days prior to Scribailo’s scheduled hearing. “I think you
were a day short,” said Frost.
BZA president John Kremke said the board cannot vary from state law. Members
voted 5-0 to reschedule the hearing for June 19. In addition to republishing
the legal, Frost said notice to affected property owners has to be given
again with the new date.
Robin Scribailo said the postponement is disappointing because he’s anxious
to begin construction on a proposed 21-foot by 8-foot addition to the front
of his 555 Coleman St. home. The addition requires a setback variance.
By unanimous vote a public hearing also will take place June 19 for Quiroga,
who is seeking one or more variances needed to build a pool house on the
east side of his 35 Parc Aux Vaches home.
The petitioner was advised to confer with town planner Jim Mandon and
building commissioner Mike Barry about the number and type of variances
Quiroga said the 20-foot by 36-foot pool house will be used to store
equipment for the existing pool; the structure also will have a fireplace,
be connected to utilities and may have a bathroom. The lot is served by a
small-diameter sewer with septic tank where the new wastewater would be
In a related matter, board members expressed frustration that after a recent
policy change requiring petitioners to file findings of fact explaining and
justifying the relief they seek, petitioners say they aren’t getting that
An effort will be made to make sure it’s added to the petition package, said
The Porter Plan Commission, which typically meets following the BZA, did not
meet due to a lack of business.