October 10, 2017 ZBA Minutes

CITY OF HALTOM CITY

MINUTES

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

October 10, 2017

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman White called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT MEMBERS: Anderson, Elliott-Roach, Hardin, Odell, Pinkerton, Springfield, White

PRESENT ALTERNATE: None PRESENT COUNCIL LIAISON: Watkins ABSENT MEMBER: Cotton

ABSENT ALTERNATE: Sanders

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF PRESENT

Glenna Batchelor, Director of Planning and Community Development

ABSENCE

Mr. Pinkerton, seconded by Mr. Springfield, made the motion to approve the absence of Mr. Cotton and Mr. Sanders. Motion passed 7-0-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mr. Springfield, seconded by Mrs. Hardin, made the motion for approval of the September 26, 2017 meeting minutes as written. Motion passed 7-0-0.

MEETING FORMAT

Chairman White went over the meeting format. Applicants were sworn in.

CHAIRMAN WHITE OPENED THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

ZBA-014-17 Application of Valeria Aguilar for a special exception for a front yard carport in accordance with Zoning Ordinance O-2002-032-15, Section 35.H, on Lot 3, Block 35, Browning Heights East Annex, locally known as 3628 Gene Lane.

The legal notice regarding the public hearing was published in the September 27, 2017 Fort Worth Star Telegram. Written notice of the variance request was mailed to thirty-one (31) property owners within 200' of the site on September 25, 2017. Staff received two (2) responses in favor or without objection, one (1) opposed, and none (0) returned to sender.

Staff presented the applicant’s case to the Board.

Chairman White opened the meeting for questions of City Staff.

None

Chairman White asked the applicant to make a presentation.

Mr. Victor Garcia translated for Ms. Valeria Aguilar.

Mr. Victor Garcia stated the purpose of the request is to enclose the area and leave enough space for one car in the carport. Chairman White stated he wanted to make sure that the applicant understood if the request was approved the driveway will need to be expanded. Through translator Mrs. Aguilar stated she understood.

Chairman White opened the meeting to questions for the applicant.

Mr. Odell asked if the applicant was parking any cars in the garage. Through translator Mrs. Aguilar said there was only one car so no.

Mr. Springfield asked for clarification that part of the existing area would be covered to cook. Mr. Garcia said it would be for family gatherings and a patio type area.

Mrs. Elliott-Roach asked if the approach would have to be widened. Mrs. Batchelor stated that it would. Mrs. Batchelor stated the carport is 18’ wide with a single approach. They will have to widen the driveway to a double approach.

Mr. Springfield asked Mrs. Batchelor if they add on to the driveway would there be enough room for the gate. Mrs. Batchelor said yes the driveway will line up with existing posts.

Mr. Odell asked if the carport was so her car wouldn’t get hit and keep kids safe. Mr. Garcia said she also wanted to keep it nice. Mr. Odell asked if it was for parties. Mr. Garcia said yes but mainly for family. Mr. Garcia said her car has been hit before.

Chairman White asked again for certification that the applicant understood should the variance be granted they would have to expand the driveway approach. These items would have to be approved by the Building Official. Through the interpreter Mrs. Aguilar stated she understood.

Mr. Springfield said he had a couple concerns. In her letter she stated that if she left her car in the road it might get hit and also for safety for her children. Mr. Springfield said his concern is she isn’t using her garage so why not use the garage now the applicant is saying it is for gatherings and parties. Mr. Garcia said the garage is being used for other things like laundry and toys.

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Chairman White opened the Public Hearing.

No one to speak for or against the request. Chairman White closed the Public Hearing. FURTHER DISCUSSION OF THE BOARD

Chairman White said his concern was the understanding of having to install the driveway. Mrs. Harden noted that her concern was following rules.

ACTION BY THE BOARD

Mrs. Elliott-Roach, seconded by Mr. Odell, made the motion to approved ZBA-014-17 the application of Valeria Aguilar for a special exception for a front yard carport in accordance with Zoning Ordinance O-2002-032-15, Section 35.H, on Lot 3, Block 35, Browning Heights East Annex, locally known as 3528 Gene Lane. Motion passed 7-0-0.

FURTHER DISCUSSION OF THE BOARD AND STAFF

None

ADJOURN

There being no further business, Chairman White adjourned the meeting at 5:56PM. Respectfully submitted,

Glenna Batchelor, Director of Planning and Community Development

James White, Chairman

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