Coun­cil­man pro­poses re­vi­sions to house plans

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Karen Caf­farini Post-Tri­bune

Ho­bart Coun­cil­man David Vin­zant wants to toughen up an or­di­nance to make sure any new house built in the city doesn’t ad­versely im­pact the neigh­bor­hood.

The coun­cil­man pre­sented his pro­posed re­vi­sions to an or­di­nance Jan. 3 that would re­quire site and drainage plans for any new home to be built that would in­clude the house’s elevation and grad­ing.

The re­vised or­di­nance would also al­low neigh­bors to sub­mit a let­ter from a lo­cal Re­al­tor say­ing whether the pro­posed house would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the sur­round­ing houses and would re­quire a sur­vey be done to en­sure the house is built in the right lo­ca­tion on the lot and at the ap­proved elevation and grad­ing.

“I want to know what the house will look like when it’s done and make sure it’s done that way,” Vin­zant, D-4th, told fel­low Plan Com­mis­sion mem­bers.

“I want to know what the el­e­va­tions will be and how it will im­pact wa­ter,” he said.

He said he wants to make sure no new house built will re­sult in neigh­bors’ prop­erty val­ues de­creas­ing.

He said he’s sent his pro­posed re­vi­sions to the city at­tor­ney and Mayor Brian Snedecor and asked that Plan Com­mis­sion mem­bers pro­vide in­put.

“It’s still a work in progress,” he said.

Vin­zant ref­er­enced a new house, which he said was built on top of a hill.

“Maybe it was not done cor- rectly, or maybe we need to do some­thing dif­fer­ently,” Vin­zant said.

Build­ing of­fi­cial Mike Han­ni­gan said there cur­rently is no rule in the city say­ing how high you can go with build­ing a house.

Plan Com­mis­sion mem­ber Stu­art Allen suggested there be a check­list for new home con­struc­tion so de­part­ments and res­i­dents are aware of re­quire­ments.

In other mat­ters, the com­mis­sion ap­proved a site plan for an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store to be lo­cated next to Trac­tor Sup­ply at 4427 E. U.S. Route 30 and tabled a re­quest by owner Cameron Bernard to amend his pre­vi­ously ap­proved pro­posal to build stor­age ware­houses at 7190 Grand Blvd.

Bernard wants to change the or­der in which two of his ware­houses would be built and asked that one of the ware­houses be in­creased to 30-feet wide in­stead of 20 feet.

A res­i­dent who lives im­me­di­ately south of the ware­houses has com­plained to the city of wa­ter on his prop­erty as a re­sult of the project.

“Some­thing is not right with their re­ten­tion pond. It’s caus­ing a lot of prob­lems that need to be ad­dressed,” Ho­bart city en­gi­neer Phil Gra­lik said.

Allen said the en­tire drainage plan would need to be re­done to make Bernard’s pro­posed changes work.

The city’s MS4 co­or­di­na­tor, Tim Kings­land, rec­om­mended the mat­ter be tabled while the drainage is still un­der re­view so the is­sue can be re­solved.

Karen Caf­farini is a free­lancer.

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