CRISP COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
February 15, 2005
The Crisp County Zoning Board of Appeals met at their regular scheduled meeting on the 15th day of February 2005 at 9:00 a.m. at the Crisp County Courthouse.
The following members were present: Jerome Outlaw, Emmett Walker, Bob McCadams, Mark Brubaker and Robert Powell. Also present, Connie Sangster, Planning Director and Secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Jimmy Mumphery, County Building Inspector.
Also present were the following visitors: Olive Stewart, Don Compton and Dennis Fraser.
1st Order of Business
Jerome Outlaw, Chairman called the meeting to order. Mr. Outlaw stated that the first order of business would be to elect a vice-chairman for the year 2005. Mr. Outlaw stated that Bob McCadams is the current vice-chairman and at this time he would like for Mr. McCadams to express his concerns about being vice chairman. Mr. McCadams stated that as the board knows he still has some family problems going on in Missouri which makes it difficult for him to make each meeting, he also stated that he feels like there needs to be someone a little more stable that is able to attend the meetings to be vice chairman. At this time, Chairman Outlaw asked for a nomination for vice-chairman. A motion was made by Emmett Walker, to elect Robert Powell as vice chairman, seconded by Mark Brubaker. Carried unanimously 4-0.
Request from Olive Stewart with the property owners’ authorization for a variance to locate a structure on a parcel of property that does not have the required acreage or required road frontage. Property being zoned RR (Rural Residential) and being located at 270 Dorough Road South.
Mr. Outlaw, Chairman, called the hearing to order. Mr. Outlaw read aloud the criteria in which a variance request is handled. Ms. Stewart and her son-in-law, Don Compton was present and spoke on behalf of the request. Ms. Stewart stated that she had had a heart attack a couple of years ago and also has arthritis. Ms. Stewart also stated that she is a widow and the purpose of asking for this variance is so that she can be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, because of her health condition, but would like to stay as independent as possible. Ms. Stewart stated that she used to live behind her daughter, but they (as a group) had recently purchased the property at 270 Dorough Road South, and she feels her comfort zone level is gone because they have moved to Dorough Road and she is still in the little house behind where they used to live. Ms. Stewart stated that at this time she has not purchased a mobile home because she lives on social security and does not want to put the cart before the horse, but if approved she would like to get a mobile home that would at least improve or enhance the property. Ms. Stewart stated that if the house were large enough, she would just move in with her daughter and family. At this time, Mr. Outlaw asked the board members if they had any questions for Ms. Stewart or Mr. Compton. Mr. Outlaw asked how much road frontage did they have? Mr. Mumphery replied 277.48’, which leaves them short of 23.40’ to be a conforming lot. Mr. Outlaw asked how short were they from having enough acreage? Mr. Mumphery replied approximately 1/3 of an acre short. Ms. Stewart showed the members photos of the property. Mr. Outlaw asked Ms. Stewart what size unit was she thinking about putting on the property. Ms. Stewart replied a small one, she did not want to go anymore than 60’ length and possibly 12 or 14’ wide, maybe a 1985 or newer with a gable roof. Mr. Walker stated that he felt like there were too many structures (barns and storage buildings) on the property and asked Ms. Stewart if they intended on leaving the existing barn closest to the property line. Ms. Stewart stated she wasn’t sure, because that is really where she would like to be her mobile home. She stated she would like to locate the mobile home north and south, but not sure if that can be done. She stated there is considerable space in the back, but did not want to get too close to the well water. Mr. McCadams asked if she has checked out the septic tank situation. Ms. Stewart stated that she has not gotten that far yet, she was waiting to see if she would be approved and where she would place the mobile home. Mr. Walker asked how much of the pine trees in the back of the property belonged to them. Ms. Stewart replied approximately 25’. Mr. Brubaker asked if there had been any complaints from the surrounding neighbors. Ms. Sangster replied no and that Alec Newsome had stated that he had no problem with the request. Mr. Outlaw asked if there were other comments. Dennis Fraser was present and stated that he owned the property across the road from this property and that he had no problem with the request. He also stated that he would hate to see the barns go, if they can be repaired, because that’s what gives the property character and history. Mr. Brubaker asked if there would be any setback problems. Mr. Mumphery replied no. Mr. Powell asked if this variance is granted, does it stay with the property. Mr. Outlaw replied yes. Mr. Outlaw then asked if there were other comments or questions. There were none. At this time, Mr. Outlaw closed the public hearing portion of the meeting.
After discussion, the chairman asked for a motion.
A motion was made by Mark Brubaker to approve the variance, seconded by Bob McCadams. Carried unanimously 3-1. Mr. Walker voting no.
VOTE: A motion was made by Mark Brubaker to approve the Minutes of the January 18, 2005 with amendment, seconded by Robert Powell. Carried unanimously.