February 8, 2016

Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board

February 8, 2016

Meeting Minutes

The Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board met on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  The purpose of the meeting was to hear a zoning variance for Richard and Amber Justus, 13819 Hoover Road, Ashville, Ohio.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Leah Black at 7:00pm.  Present were: Leah Black, Kenny Cookson, Frank Miles, Peg Egbert, Buck Spangler, Debi Hulse and Doug Czako.  Also present were:  Amber Justus, homeowner, and Brandi Newland, the Justus’s realtor.

Debi read the rules of the hearing.  Debi read a letter from Richard and Amber Justus stating why they wanted a variance.  Debi also read the Legal Notice which was in the Circleville Herald.

Doug read the Zoning Code and showed pictures of the garage and the property at 13819 Hoover Road. 

Amber Justus told the board why the door was added to the garage.  It was added to improve the appearance and also to keep personal property safe.  She stated the building is temporary.  In the next few years they plan to tear down this garage and build a pole barn in the back of their property.  When they purchased the property, there was a door in pieces inside the garage.  They bought a new door and installed it.

Brandi Newland, realtor for the Justus, stated that she checked with the listing realtor and was assured there were no problems with the building.

There was a complaint that there was a door on the building.  This made the garage/building in violation of the Zoning Codes.  Doug talked with the Justus and the variance was applied for.

Frank asked Amber if they were planning on moving the building.  Amber stated that the building will be gone in a couple years.

Buck spoke and told his concerns from a fireman’s perspective.  With a 3 sided building, you can see what is in it.  When a door is added, you don’t know what is stored in the building. 

Leah asked if it is possible to remove it in 6 – 12 months.  Amber said it is possible, but she can’t guarantee it.  Amber stated that they have made many improvements inside the house as well as to the yard.  They are planning on making this there home for a long time.  A pole barn to replace this “shed” will be their 1st priority on their “to-do list”.

Doug stated that he did receive a call from a neighbor.  The neighbor stated that they had no problem with the building as long as it wasn’t permanent. 

A motion to give a variance of 18 months (July 31, 2017) to leave the door on the building was made.  Frank made the motion, Kenny 2nd.  The motion was carried with a vote of 5 for and 0 against.

The variance is:  the owners are to be in compliance with Article 13.06.03 of the Harrison Township Zoning Code by July 31, 2017.

Peg moved to adjourn the meeting.  Kenny 2nd.  The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00pm to hear a Variance for  Richard Wright, 2476 SR 752, Ashville.