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Variance Board Meeting
City Council Chambers, 2660 Civic Center Drive
Minutes - Wednesday, June 6, 2007
1. Call to Order
Acting Chair Daniel Boerigter called to order the Variance Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. and reviewed the role and purpose of the Variance Board.
2. Roll Call & Introductions
City Planner Thomas Paschke called the roll.
Members Present: Acting Chair Daniel Boerigter; and Commissioners Barbara Martinson and Jim Doherty.
Staff present: Community Development Director John Stark; City Planner Thomas Paschke; Associate Planner Bryan Lloyd.
3. Approval of Minutes
Member Doherty moved, seconded by Member Boerigter, to approve meeting minutes of May 2, 2007 as presented.
Abstentions: 1 (Martinson)
4. Public Hearings
a. PLANNING FILE 07-025
Request by Ron and Susan Hornbaker, 2994 Aldine Street, for a VARIANCE to Roseville City Code, §1012 (General Requirements) to allow the installation of an 8-foot-tall fence extending into the front yard.
Acting Chair Boerigter opened the Public Hearing for Planning File 07-025.
Associate Planner Bryan Lloyd reviewed the request to allow construction of a fence greater than 6.5 feet tall on their residential property and a fence greater than 4 feet tall in the front yard.
Mr. Lloyd explained the purpose of the proposed fence was to deter errant balls and neighborhood children playing basketball in the recently-built basketball court from the neighbor’s yard directly adjacent to the south of the Hornbaker’s yard.
Staff recommended APPROVAL of the request for a 1.5-foot VARIANCE to Section 1012.02B(3) Side Yard Encroachments) and a 4-foot VARIANCE to Section 1012.02B(2) (Front Yard Encroachments) of the City Code for the residential property at located at 2994 Aldine Street, based on the comments and findings outlined in Section 5, and detailed conditions of Section 6 of the staff report dated June 6, 2007.
Mr. Lloyd explained that staff had fielded one (1) call from an adjoining neighbor, in support of the proposed fence.
Discussion included clarifying when the neighbor’s basketball court, fencing and netting had been installed (summer of 2006); impervious surface excesses of the basketball court defined as “playground equipment,” with no permit necessary; drainage concerns; and installation of a curb along adjoining property lines to correct runoff concerns.
It was the consensus of the Variance Board members that staff provide opportunity for review by the Planning Commission in the future for permitting requirements relative to impervious surface restrictions and calculations.
Acting Chair Boerigter closed the Public Hearing, with no one appearing for or against.
Commissioner Doherty spoke in support of a fence, even though not a proponent of tall fences, if for no other reason that aesthetics and visual impacts to the Hornbaker’s side yard with the adjoining fence and netting.
The applicant, Mrs. Hornbaker, noted that the basketball hoop was located on the side of the court, rather than the end of the court, thus exasperating the problem of balls coming over the net into their yard.
Acting Chair Boerigter spoke in support of the application as well, opining that it was unfortunate that the adjacent property owner hadn’t attempted to resolve the situation on their own.
Commissioner Martinson concurred with Commissioners Doherty and Boerigter.
Member Doherty moved, seconded by Member Boerigter to adopt Variance Board Resolution No. 60 entitled, “A Resolution APPROVING VARIANCES to Section 1012 (General Requirements) of the Roseville City Code for Ronald and Susan Hornbaker, 2994 Aldine Street (PF 07-025); allowing for a 1.5-foot VARIANCE TO Section 1012.02B(3) Side Yard Encroachments) and a 4-foot VARIANCE to Section 1012.02B(2) (Front Yard Encroachments), based on the comments and findings outlined in Section 5, and detailed conditions of Section 6 of the staff report dated June 6, 2007.
Acting Chair Boerigter advised the applicant of the appeal process timeframe.
Acting Chair Boerigter adjourned the meeting at 5:44 p.m.