HI Planning Commissioners plan site visit before decision on approval of carport

Thursday, June 29, 2006

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Planning Commission (HIPC) put a hold on a carport request at its meeting June 23 until commissioners can make a site visit.

Kathy Worley, who lives at 16 Chickasaw Place, requested permission to build a carport. When she originally approached the commission in April 2004, she had intended to build a garage, but there was a discussion at that time of encroaching on the 15-foot setback. The garage was never built.

The plan for the carport is for it to come off the existing gable roof. The carport roof will sit on four treated posts set in concrete 16 1/2 feet out in front.

"The property line is right to that point. There will be no setback," said Chairman Joe Schuler.

"That's one of those lots that drops off," Building Inspector Red Perkins commented.

Worley said the neighbors all have something that comes out to the pavement edge and noted one neighbor's elaborate landscaping. She also thought there might be other garages that have a variance on the front setback.

Schuler and member Kevin Crosson said they both would not want to approve something that was built on district property.

"We'll set it back so it won't be on district property," Worley replied.

Secretary Myrna Peterson noted a 5-foot front setback variance on a property across the street.

Crosson made a motion to grant a variance on Worley's request but later withdrew it when Commissioner Frank Smith asked for the members to make a site visit.

They will do so and reconsider the request at their meeting on July 7.

The commission is considering a draft Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) Checklist to be filled out by the building inspector prior to issuing the CofO.

The checklist compiles requirements for completion of construction as listed in the commission's "Regulations for Construction and Residential Habitation" and items listed on the building permit form.

The commission is also considering adding to the checklist a requirement that driveways be completed on new construction before the CofO is issued. Unit covenants and HIPC's regulations do not require a driveway nor that a planned driveway be paved.

The commission wants to require some type of driveway.

"We should have a driveway that provides access to the property," Schuler said. "Now we'll have to consider what the driveway plan is on every permit."

Peterson noted the commission also has requirements for the completion of the interior of a habitation when property owners build their own homes or hire a contractor to do a rough-in of the exterior. Internally the structure must have a working shower and toilet, but she said that although she has seen it written, she cannot find the reference.

Peterson also suggested adding revisions based on recent resolutions HIPC has passed. The last update of the Regulations for Construction document was two years ago.

HIPC will hold a work session in July to discuss the driveway requirement and revise the document before final passage.

In other business, HIPC:

* Approved Permit #2117 for 90 days to property owner Tom Axtmann to enclose an existing 200-square-foot deck into a sunroom and to add a 10-foot by 28-foot uncovered deck to his home at 4 Horseshoe Drive.

* Approved Permit #66 for a security light at 30 Leatherwood Drive for property owner Christie Biles.

* Approved Permit #67 for a security light at 12 Suntop Lane for property owner Irene McDougal.

* Approved a 10-foot by 16-foot fence enclosure and a brick handrail on the back steps at 23 Indian Wells Drive for property owners Roy and Rebecca Pierson.

The commission, which normally meets every Friday morning at 8:30, will not meet June 30. Its next meeting will be July 7 at 1 Parkcliff Drive, Suite D. Permits and related requests are considered first, followed by other business.

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