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<br /> <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS MINUTES <br /> June 10, 2013 <br /> <br />The Washington Township Board of Zoning Appeals met in regular session on June 10, 2013 in <br />the Meeting Room of Washington Township Government Center. Members of the Board present <br />were Mr. McDaniel, Mr. Horine, Mr. Roberts, Mrs. Mulligan and Mrs. Miller. Mr. Schwartz was <br />excused. Call to order at 7:00 p.m. <br /> <br />Pledge Allegiance. <br /> <br />Mr. McDaniel explained the hearing format and voting procedure. <br />The Oath was administered by Mr. McDaniel to all persons planning to testify. <br />Case # A-1669 Cynthia Hopf requests a variance for reduction of rear yard setback located <br />at 9757 Southern Belle Court <br /> <br />Zoning Manager, Ryan Lee, presented the case. <br /> <br />The applicant is requesting a variance for a reduced setback requirement for a covered porch into <br />the required rear yard. The Township Zoning Resolution allows for architectural features to <br />encroach into required yard setbacks than would otherwise be obligated for principle structures <br />on the lot. Specifically, a six (6) foot architectural projection is permitted to extend into a <br />required rear yard setback provided that it is open on three (3) sides. The applicant has proposed <br />to extend a roofline over an existing concrete pad that extends twelve (12) feet into the required <br />rear yard. Therefore, the applicant is requesting an additional encroachment of six (6) feet. <br />The applicant is requesting this variance given the existing placement of the deck structure on <br />the rear of the house; desiring to construct a roof extension that will completely cover the length <br />of the concrete porch area while creating a larger shaded area under roof. The applicant has <br />provided drawings and plans indicating that the roof extension will be aesthetically pleasing and <br />compatible with the existing materials of the residence. <br />Given the location of the existing concrete pad and the manner in which the applicant is <br />proposing the architectural projection, staff does not believe that this request is unreasonable or <br />detrimental to the existing aesthetic or built form of the immediate surroundings. The parcel of <br />land directly behind the duplex unit houses a detention pond which is located on common land <br />for the development. The width of this parcel is approximately 270 feet to the Paragon Road <br />right-of-way from the rear parcel line of the applicant’s property. It is staff’s opinion that the <br />1 <br /> <br /> <br />