The Village's Zoning Commission in March approved three variances to allow a home owner to install a gazebo on his family's Sulphur Spring Road property.
The variances were requested by Chris Heidenreich, of 3767 Sulphur Spring. Two of the variances were required because the property is a corner lot, the third because the property already had one existing accessory structure - a detached garage - and the zoning code only allows for one accessory structure per property.
Accessory structures are structures not attached to the home, and include garages, gazebos, storage sheds, pool houses, and more. Section 8.5 of the Village's zoning code requires accessory structures be "located in the rear yard and shall be in a location to minimize visibility from nearby properties and nearby streets."
The code also requires accessory structures be "screened from nearby properties and streets." Screening is typically accomplished by landscaping, such as bushes. The property already has a row of bushes along the Evergreen Road side of the back yard.
Because the home is on a corner lot, the side yard consumes a significant portion of what would be the back yard of most other homes. Also, because of the property's driveway, it would be difficult to completely screen the gazebo from Evergreen.
After brief discussion, the zoning commission voted 4-0 in favor of the three variances. The commission consists of Paul Bishop, Sam Zyndorf, councilwoman Katherine O'Connell, and Mayor Kevin Gilmore. Commission member Zac Isaac was absent.