Board of Ad­just­ments con­sid­ers lot split

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

The Board of Zon­ing Ad­just­ments met for a hear­ing and ap­proved a vari­ance of lot size and shape on Huskins Cir­cle March 21.

Se­nior plan­ner Jen­nifer Bon­ner said both 2 and 4 Huskins Cir­cle, lo­cated next door to each an­other, have sep­tic tanks in­stalled on a lot be­hind them, rather than on their own lot. The lot the tanks are on, she said, is owned by Jack Keeth, while Jay En­sor owns the home next door.

“When the houses were orig­i­nally built, their orig­i­nal sep­tic leach fields were inside their own lot,” she said.

But at some point in the 1990s, she said, the sep­tic tanks failed and the new units were in­stalled on lot 15, be­hind the two homes, which were later sold to En­sor and Keeth.

Two sep­tic sys­tems on one lot, she said, is a health code is­sue. Fur­ther, she said, En­sor has no right to ac­cess the sep­tic sys­tem as­so­ci­ated with his home, nor does he have any op­tions for con­vert­ing to sewer.

Be­cause lots may not be cre­ated or de­stroyed, she said, fix­ing this sit­u­a­tion re­quires that the lot be split. A por­tion of it will be ab­sorbed into the lot for 4 Huskins Cir­cle, while the re­main­der will con­tinue to be a dis­tinct lot. That lot, she said, will be sold to En­sor, mean­ing he will own the property his sep­tic tank is on.

The re­quest, Bon­ner said, is ac­tu­ally for two vari­ances. One is be­cause the re­drawn lot will not meet min­i­mum size re­quire­ments, she said, and the other is for a lack of street frontage.

This process was started be­fore in 2014, she said, but some­how stalled, so now it’s start­ing again.

“You are step one,” she told the board.

Fol­low­ing the board’s ap­proval, she said, this case needs to go through the Plan­ning Commission, then the City Coun­cil. It also re­quires the mayor’s sig­na­ture. And beyond that, she said, the Ar­chi­tec­tural Con­trol Com­mit­tee and Property Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion will also need to sign off on it.

En­sor said that he spoke with Keeth pre­vi­ously about pur­chas­ing this property, only to learn that lots could not be split at the time.

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