By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The South Padre Island Board of Adjustments and Appeals met Tuesday morning for their regular monthly meeting. This month, the board unanimously approved a variance allowing for a disabled applicant to fully enjoy his home as he will now be able to access his second floor.
Acting Chairman Paul Fedigan opened the meeting and the board approved the minutes of the January 6 regular meeting and June 6 memo. They moved on to consider taking action regarding the zoning request for a variance from Section 20-7.1 in the Residential and Multi-family Dwelling District for an encroachment in the front and side yard setback. City Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim gave a short presentation on the request.
The applicant, who is disabled, wants to build a chairlift at his residential building that will encroach four feet into the required 25 foot front setback and 3.5 feet into the required five foot side setback so that he may access the second floor of his house. City Staff recommended that the board approve the setback variance request so that the owner can enjoy the benefits of his entire property. Based on the hardship, the board agreed that the owner should be able to access his property and quickly approved the variance request.
The second request on the agenda was also quickly approved for an applicant to keep an existing Jacuzzi that is encroaching into the side yard setback. In that case, due to the existing condition, a literal enforcement of the Code would result in unnecessary hardship and as the variance is not contrary to public interest, the board agreed with staff recommendation for approval.
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