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Sandy Springs Board of Appeals passes two zoning variances
by Savannah Weeks
October 17, 2012 09:51 AM | 1434 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sandy Springs Board of Appeals passed two variance cases at its meeting Oct. 11.

The first case involved two primary variances in which Eric Zimmerman, owner of a home at 5345 N. Powers Ferry Road, requested to reduce the required 15-foot side yard setback, part of the zoning ordinance, to construct an additional garage. He also requested to reduce the 10-foot driveway setback of the development regulations ordinance to five feet for a portion of the new driveway.

Zimmerman said the requests were based on aesthetics and usability of his side yard and back yard. He presented the board with a letter of support from the affected neighbor.

Zimmerman’s attorney, David Ogram, was present to speak to the board as well.

“The reason we’re encroaching is to avoid taking down large trees if we stay within the setback,” said Ogram. “We also want to avoid a stone wall and barbecue grill in the backyard. We have a letter of support from the right-side neighbor, and no trees will be impacted more than 20 percent.”

Board member Ken Moller questioned the positioning of the unit.

“Why not bring it forward,” he asked.

Zimmerman said the reasoning was for the benefit of the neighbor.

“The idea was to keep it hidden,” said Zimmerman.The board passed the two variances unanimously upon staff recommendation.

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Jochu Liang requested approval of a variance in the stream buffer protection ordinance at 506 Granite Ridge Place. Liang requested the 75-foot impervious setback be reduced to 60 feet to allow an existing sunroom to remain.Ron Gudger, a friend of Liang’s, was present to speak on her behalf.

“This was a structure built in 1998,” said Gudger. “She owns three businesses in this building and saw fit to enclose this area, being the industrious person she is. She had no idea she needed a permit or anything.”

According to Gudger, the addition is established with no further work needing to be done. “With no subsequent work to be done, there is nothing to protect,” said Gudger.

The board passed Liang’s request unanimously as well.Board Chair Ruth Coan and member Alvin Johnson were absent from the meeting.

What's Next:

The Sandy Springs Board of Appeals’ next meeting is Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

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