The board granted the variance — on a 3-1 vote — for Rebecca L. Lamury, 3013 Mark Drive, to construct the garage.
While her application states that she was requesting permission to deviate from the city’s ordinance requiring a 20-foot front yard setback to instead keep a 10-foot setback so she could build a garage, both the legal notice advertised in The Daily Review as well as the agenda preview story in the same newspaper stated that she would be seeking a variance for a carport.
Board members Kenny Keton Jr., Dwight Barbier and Bill McCarty all voted in favor of the request, while board member Mark Broussard opposed it because of concerns that neighbors would have to walk further down their driveway to see down the street past her garage.
Lamury noted, however, that when cars are parked in the current carports on the street, residents’ views down the street are obstructed, too.
Lamury requested the variance because she said she needed the extra room in her home, where four people live but there are only three bedrooms.
She said she plans to close in her current garage and make a fourth bedroom out of it.
The new garage, which will be a prefabricated structure, will be constructed to match the house and will appear as if it was part of the home originally, she said.
The proposed structure will measure 15 feet wide by 20 feet deep.
Currently, the home has a 30-foot front yard setback and with the addition, the setback would be reduced to 10 feet.
Lee Lamury (329 Nicklaus St., Berwick), R. Lamury’s father, noted that none of her neighbors have objected to the proposal.
No objections were voiced at Tuesday’s meeting, either.
Following the ruling, McCarty told her she has a 30-day period after the ruling in which she can be sued to stop construction of the structure.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, city Planning and Zoning Director Carl Kraemer told the board that during this month’s city council meeting, a preliminary draft of the updated zoning ordinances and land use development plans for the city, which are being developed by Kendig Keast Collaborative with public input, will be presented.
Absent from Tuesday’s meeting were board members Charles Browder and Kendra Thomas.