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Knightstown BZA Denies Variance Request
May 16, 2007 - The Knightstown Board of Zoning Appeals has voted to deny a local homeowner's request for a variance to build a new attached garage at his residence.
Roger Campbell, 306 Trotters Ct., told the BZA during a hearing on his request Saturday morning that he wanted to convert his existing garage into a family room and then build a new attached garage. A variance would be required to do this, however, because the new garage would be within about five feet of his neighbor to the south's property line and not comply with the 15-foot setback requirement set forth in the town's zoning ordinance.
Campbell's neighbor, Sharon Zinkan, 310 Trotters Ct., told the BZA that Campbell's new garage would only be a little over 12 feet from their home. She said she didn't think that was a sufficient distance. "We just don't think 12 feet is enough between houses," Zinkan said.
Jim Roderick, who lives on the opposite side of the street at 311 Trotters Ct., told the BZA he supported Zinkan's opposition to the variance request. He said he was concerned that home resale values might be affected if the variance was approved.
Before a vote was taken on his request, Campbell expressed to the BZA an unwillingness to proceed with his plans. "If this is a problem for (the Zinkans), I don't want to build the garage," he said.
BZA President Tom Barton and members Barry Carter, Fred Stacy and Clyde South all voted to deny Campbell's request for a variance. Board member Bruce Brown cast the lone vote in favor of the request.
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