Board of Adjustments denies variance

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island Board of Adjustments and Appeals (BOAA) met Tuesday morning to consider only one issue regarding a variance for The Shores community at the north end of the Island to deviate from their city ordinance required side setback.

According to discussion by the committee, City staff, and representatives from The Shores,  developers began construction on a property where the owner requested that the architect design a site to accommodate space for an electrical arm to lift the owner’s amphibious helicopter from the bay for storage in an enclosed garage on the site.

The Shores community is facilitated by Franke Realtors, and in the beginning stages of development, this area was set up with more stringent design guidelines than the majority of the City. Requirements include larger setbacks, underground cables and much more.

For this particular property, the application for the building permit was submitted to the City, but when working on accommodations for the helicopter, The Shores’ Design Review Board granted a variance for a five foot rather than six foot setback. However, City Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim noted that The Shores’ Design Review Board does not have the authority to grant a variance within City property.

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