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BZA Minuts

August 26, 2014

The Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Cambridge met at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in the City Council Chambers located at 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland.

Jane Devlin, Chair called the meeting to order and took the roll call of members present.

Board Members in Attendance: Jane Devlin-Chair, Brian Manning, Ted Brooks,-Vice Chair.

Other representatives in Attendance: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II;

Ms. Devlin discussed the order of proceedings and proceeded to swear in anyone wishing to testify on any of the agenda items. She asked those who were sworn in to give their name and address for the record.

NEW CASES:

BZA#02 FY 14/15, 602 William St., Bonnie Malkus, request for a variance to a rear yard setback to construct a deck. Tax Map 301, Parcel 37. The property is zoned NC-3.

Mr. Brandewie stated that the city's zoning set backs are 25 foot requirement. From Ms. Malkus's rear line to the structure is only 22 feet. The deck is needed to assist her in accessing the rear of the home from the garage do to disabilities that she has. She has included letters of support from neighbors with no objection. HPC has reviewed the deck proposal and recommend their approval. The HPC did not address the variance situation only the style and materials being used. There are copies of letters from neighbors in your packet also, a copy an old tax map. There are four lots in the neighbor the same size and dimension along William Street, all with the same situation with structures close to the rear line. Pictures are included of this home.

Ms. Malkus was call up to speak to the committee. She has a few disabilities such as a paralyzed hand and arm, also one hip and two knee replacements and just wants to be outside more. Her contractor is Eric Willey and he will put a nice railing around the porch and a double railing down the steps. Mr. Manning responded that she will still need to take steps to get to the yard and garage. Mr. Brooks commented that he has a similar health condition and he knows that the deck will make a better and safer access to the back entrance of the hone. The stability of a deck will help with the transition of entering and leaving the home to the back yard.

Ms. Devlin asked if anyone else wanted to speak and there was none. Closed to just the members to debate. Mr. Brooks commented that she needs this decking to help her with getting in and out of the back access of her home. Mr. Manning, the disability will be easier to handle with having a deck. Motion to close discussion.

Mr. Brooks moved that this Committee grant the variance based upon the disabilities that Ms. Malkus is facing every day and these special circumstances that this disabilities conveys upon her property to allow her the access out of the house on a safer bases then today. Motion seconded by Mr. Manning. Moved and second, all in favor. 3 Yes.

BZA#03 FY 14/15, 215 Glenburn Ave/1201 Tubman St., Michael and Dale Schrader, request for a variance to a rear yard setback to allow the construction of an addition storage area to an existing dwelling. Tax Map 300, Parcel 891. The property is zoned NC-1

Mr. Brandewie stated that the City's zoning set backs are 25 foot and Mr. Schrader's existing rear yard is only 17 feet. He has a need for this addition for extra outdoor storage. There is a letter of explanation and pictures of property. Mr. Brandewie has spoken with Mr. Schrader about this addition to the structure and his large trees in the yard. Mr. Manning asked if the HPC committee looked at this. Mr. Brandewie said that this part of the lot is not in the Historic District; the dividing line is the alley and is on the other side of this property. It was a standalone lot at one time and was owned by the Brannock's, but was later acquired by these owners. Mr. Brooks asked, does the Schrader's own all of this section, including this parcel which is indicated as Earl and Shirley Brannock? Is this an old reference on the old tax map? Ms. Devlin had no questions at this time for Mr. Brandewie.

Mr. Michael Schrader, spoke to the committee. The setbacks for this yard, there is not that much room. We do not want to disturb the trees, so we decided on building this addition to the back of the cottage. We have a letter from Mr. Brannock stating that he does not have any concerns. 1201 Tubman is the only address on Tubman Street, for the trash pickup on the rental unit and for 911 info.

Mr. Manning asked if this unit was vacant. Mr. Schrader said that it was never a B&B, only a rental unit and has been mostly students working at Horn's Point. Mr. Manning, by adding the storage unit, how close will it get to the property lines. Mr. Schrader said to the property line, which is 6 feet.
Ms. Devlin asked if anyone had any questions and there were none. Closed for committee to discuss. Mr. Manning stated that there was no strong case for it or against it at this time. Mr. Brooks, he supports the tree preservation on the property, the lot is extremely small and no real objection to the storage addition. Ms. Devlin, variance are based individually per case. Closed discussion.

Motion made by Mr. Brooks, that this Committee to allow the variance to construct the storage area as outlined in the proposal, based upon the fact that this lot is extremely small and that there is need for some sort of storage facility for the owners. Motion seconded by Ms. Devlin. Mr. Manning stated that the uniqueness of the property overrides. Mr. Brooks, yes absolutely, it is such a small lot. The vote, Brooks yes, Manning yes and Devlin is yes.


Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie
City Planner II

Signature: ____________________ Date: _________________
Chairman, Board of Zoning Appeals

Note: These minutes were approved at the BZA meeting conducted on __________, 2014.