HI planners to add permit requirement for driveways

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Holiday Island Planning Commission (HIPC) is working on a draft of Resolution #29, which adds a permit and inspection to driveways.

The commission has been discussing the issue over a few meetings, and when it learned a new property owner is planning to do extensive concrete work, the move toward a resolution was expedited.

Currently the commission does not require a permit to put in a driveway and has no requirement for what type of driveway a property owner can install.

In a revision of its building regulations last year, it added a provision that property owners show on the plot plan the layout of any driveways for the new construction.

The suburban improvement district requires a road damage permit, with refundable deposit and nonrefundable inspection fee, based on the road surface, construction square footage and type of work to be done. The district manager (who also sits on the Planning Commission) has the prerogative of waiving this permit in cases where road damage is not likely to occur.

Under Res. #29, property owners who want to do concrete work, specifically including but not limited to driveways, parking pads and carports, must obtain a permit from HIPC. They will pay an inspection fee. A road damage permit may also be required.

Those who will include concrete work as part of new construction will not need a separate permit from the regular building permit.

"This is the first draft, but we have in past meetings agreed to this in principle," said Chairman Myrna Peterson.

She and other commissioners noted the building inspector will check to make sure footings are done correctly, in an attempt to protect homeowners.

The commission also discussed circumstances under which it will require a commercial license to build certain structures.

Under state law, said Commissioner Corky Comstock, a commercial license is required for any residential unit above a four-plex. Under Holiday Island's zoning restrictions, "R-3," while considered a "residential" designation, includes "multiple family" dwellings.

In recent discussions about the type of permit issued to make multiple-bedroom additions to the Green Acre Lodge retirement facility, commissioners noted the state considers Green Acre an "institution." As such, HIPC commissioners feel they can require a commercial license for structures of a similar type in the future.

"You can always make requirements more stringent than the state's, but not less stringent," Comstock, who is a building contractor, said.

After some discussion the commission decided its current building regulations give it the ability to require a commercial license in certain situations, and a new resolution is unnecessary.

In other business, HIPC:

* Approved a 6-foot addition to a rear deck at 94 Beaver Drive to Jack Cross of Deck Specialists on behalf of property owner Robert Dimski and a letter of permission from his condominium association.

* Heard two complaints from a property owner in Unit 9, one about an unfinished home being affected by flooding and another about a camper, with people living in it, parked at a home. In the first complaint, the had been issued a Certificate of Occupancy, and in the second case, Peterson said she would have the building inspector check into it.

* Gave information to the father of a property owner in Unit 5 who wants to add a two-story addition to his home.

* Gave information to a property owner who inquired about culvert requirements for new construction near him.

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