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October 23, 2017 BOZA Minutes

TOWN OF SANTA CLAUS
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS MEETING
October 23, 2017 

PRESENT: Board members present:    Eric Snow, Bob Grundhoefer, and Lynn Winkler.

ABSENT: Board Member absent:  Jim Voges and Frank Fowler.

Also present:  Aaron Burke Zoning Administrator,

Members of public.

Eric Snow, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, October 23, at the Santa Claus Town Hall. This meeting was a public hearing.

The minutes of the prior meeting of April 24, 2017 were read.  Bob Grundhoefer made a motion to accept the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded by Eric Snow and the motion carried 3 to 0.

OLD BUSINESS:  None.

NEW BUSINESS:

REQUESTED VARIANCE FOR SIGN HEIGHT BY ELITE LAKESIDE HOLDINGS, SR 162.

Aaron Burke, the Zoning Administrator, stated that notice of the impending meeting had been placed in the local newspapers and that adjacent landowners were notified by Certified Mail and a Return Receipt had been returned.  No responses had been made either verbally or in writing.

Elite Lakeside Holdings represented by Nick Waninger of Stone Ridge Station requests a non-conforming use variance for the height of the sign to be place at the new Marathon Station on State Highway 162 near State Highway 231. Paragraph 11.04.060(7)G  states that signs in commercial districts can be no more 20’ high.  Elite’s sign is to be 25’ to compensate for the sloping land.  Mr Waninger also stated that signs off major thoroughfares such as highway 231 are often as tall as 50’.

The meeting was opened for discussion and a member of the public spoke and suggested that the variance be denied and the sign be made 20’ high and further from the roadway so that it would be on higher ground.

There was a discussion by the Board.

The public hearing was closed.

Eric Snow reiterated the 3 standards that must be met before granting a variance:

  1. The approval of the variance will not be injurious to the public health, safety, morals or general welfare of the community.
  2. The use and value of the property in the immediate area to the property on which the variance is requested will not be affected in a substantially adverse manner.
  3. The granting of the variance will not result in practical difficulties in the interest of the property for which the variance is requested.

Lynn Winkler made the motion that: The Variance for the 25’ tall sign will be granted as specified in the diagrams.  Bob Grundhoefer seconded the motion and the motion passed 3 to 0.

There was no other business.  Bob Grundhoefer made a motion to adjourn, Eric Snow seconded the motion, and the motion passed 3 to 0.  Eric Snow adjourned the meeting at 6:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Winkler, Secretary