SPI Board of Adjustments aids disabled residents

first_imgBy ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSThe South Padre Island Board of Adjustments and Appeals met Tuesday morning for their regular monthly meeting. This month, the board unanimously approved a variance allowing for a disabled applicant to fully enjoy his home as he will now be able to access his second floor.Acting Chairman Paul Fedigan opened the meeting and the board approved the minutes of the January 6 regular meeting and June 6 memo. They moved on to consider taking action regarding the zoning request for a variance from Section 20-7.1 in the Residential and Multi-family Dwelling District for an encroachment in the front and side yard setback. City Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim gave a short presentation on the request.The applicant, who is disabled, wants to build a chairlift at his residential building that will encroach four feet into the required 25 foot front setback and 3.5 feet into the required five foot side setback so that he may access the second floor of his house. City Staff recommended that the board approve the setback variance request so that the owner can enjoy the benefits of his entire property. Based on the hardship, the board agreed that the owner should be able to access his property and quickly approved the variance request.The second request on the agenda was also quickly approved for an applicant to keep an existing Jacuzzi that is encroaching into the side yard setback. In that case, due to the existing condition, a literal enforcement of the Code would result in unnecessary hardship and as the variance is not contrary to public interest, the board agreed with staff recommendation for approval.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedBoard looks at parking for Clayton’s new ventureBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 8, 2015 The Board of Adjustments and Appeals met Tuesday morning for their first meeting of the New Year. Nine a.m. rolled around and with only three of five members in attendance, there was concern that the meeting would be cancelled due…January 9, 2015In “News”Board of Adjustments mulls variance requestsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The City of Port Isabel Board of Adjustments held a public hearing and regular meeting Tuesday evening. Orders of business included approval of minutes for the September meeting as well as variance requests for residential and commercial properties. Judy Woolverton of Woolverton Realty…October 9, 2014In “News”Board of Adjustments denies varianceBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Board of Adjustments and Appeals (BOAA) met Tuesday morning to consider only one issue regarding a variance for The Shores community at the north end of the Island to deviate from their city ordinance required side setback. According to…September 4, 2015In “News”last_img

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