Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Village Hall, Take 2: Zoning Restrictions

Apparently, the original builders of our house decided to put us 2'6" from the lot to our North.

Apparently, the closest a structure can be is 3 feet. And any changes to a structure must be more than three feet away.

So in submitting the revised plans this morning, Jay learned that in order to build a dormer upstairs, we have two choices:

  1. Move the dormer addition back 7" and figure out how to structurally engineer this since the weight will no longer be on the existing exterior wall.
  2. Request a zoning variance before the infamous Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

Fortunately, Jen has much experience with the ZBA as a result of a 9 month ordeal at her previous employer.

Unfortunately, it can take 2-3 months to schedule a hearing, and then longer to approve the plans.

Fortunately, Jay was able to persuade the village to allow our permits to be done in phases - all other work first, then the bathroom and dormer addition second (pending ZBA approval).

Unfortunately, we still have to wait for the village to look over the Phase 1 plans before beginning any work.

Fortunately, they are all pretty familiar with this project as at least 7 people have viewed these plans now in Jay's presence.

Unfortunately, we also have to figure out some kind of drain tub system for the laundry room upstairs. This is to protect the house in the case that the washing machine ever leaks / breaks / overflows.

Fortunately, adding the kitchen remodel and hot water heater replacement to the scope of work cost only $50.00.


Jen said...

nyeachma. grumble. @*?! and so on and so forth.

Anonymous said...

Ugh. Zoning. It's such BS ... and for only 6 inches! Have you thought about changing your plans to avoid the zoning committee? I know some people who have done that.

Rain Man

julie said...

I suggest that you employee Kathy Smith and Dan Fore. They have connections and can get you through the ZBA process in due time. Cuz you know we have experience in this arena. Also, you might want to get a service dog and show up in a wheel chair. That may also help your cause. Just saying.

julie said...

Also convientently get stuck in a snow drift in your wheel chair at least twice a week and stop ALL traffic. That will definitely help. Best of luck!