Board of Zoning Appeals

Nolensville Town Hall

September 11, 2008- 7:00 p.m.

Members present were: Chair Bob Haines, Tommy Dugger, Charles Lawson and Brian Truman. Member Ken Norman was absent.  Staff present was Building Official Michael Blanks, Attorney Robert Notestine and Judy Simerson, Building/Codes Department. 
 
Applicants present: James and Patricia Wilson – 862 Dortch Lane.
 
Chair Haines called the meeting to order at 7:14 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  
 
Announcements:
 
Chair Haines asked that all cell phones be placed on vibrate and then went over the procedures of the meeting.
 
Approval of Minutes:
 
Commissioner Dugger made a motion to approve the minutes from August 14, 2008 and Commission Truman seconded.  The minutes were unanimously approved.
 
Citizen’s Comments:
 
There were no citizen’s comments.
 
New Business:
 
862 Dortch Lane – Request for 5-foot Variance to Install Carport
 
Chair Haines stated this was a request for a 5-foot variance in a required setback.  He asked for a motion to get the item on the floor for a discussion.  A motion was made by Commissioner Lawson and seconded by Mr. Truman.
 
Mr. Wilson, the applicant, stated that they would like to put a car cover over their driveway and add some concrete.  He distributed a drawing of the proposed structure and supports and stated it would be a well constructed covering.  
 
In reference to the location, Mr. Blanks stated the requested variance was for a side variance.  He stated the pad will go back to the corner of the house, and the variance is for a 5-foot side setback.  Mr. Wilson drew an outline of the location of the proposed cover on the map of the home site.  He stated it would be ten feet from the property line.  Mr. Blanks stated the ordinance does allow detached accessory structures ten feet from the property line.  
 
Mr. Wilson stated the structure would be aluminum I-beams and aluminum panels that are insulated. It will be bolted to the house to avoid any wind shear problems, etc.
 
Mr. Henry Cole, Jr., 896 Dortch stated he was present regarding the request for the permitted with conditions for an apartment dwelling at 895 Dortch Lane.  Chair Haines advised Mr. Cole that the item has been postponed until next month. 
 
Mr. Blanks stated the Codes Department would not have any issues with this covering.  Mr. Notestine stated the request was standard and something similar to this has been previously approved.  Mr. Wilson stated the concrete pad was already in place, and it would be enlarged.
 
The motion passed unanimously for approval.  Chair Haines stated it would be approved under Section 90.2.4d, which is no harm to public welfare.
 
Commission Dugger asked if the other two postponed items would be on the agenda for next month.  Mr. Blanks stated it was the intention of the applicants to be ready for the next meeting.
 
Chair Haines advised the Wilsons that all they needed to do was get a permit for their carport covering when they were ready to install it.
 
Other Business:
 
Mr. Cole asked about the request for the apartment dwelling that was postponed.  Chair Haines stated there have been no plans submitted.  The request was for an apartment dwelling for their parents with conditions.  Mr. Blanks stated the applicant called and deferred this item until next month in order to get their site plan revised.  
   
Mr. Frank Wilson stated the agenda item regarding a Verizon communications tower on his property was deferred tonight.  He stated Verizon encountered a problem with the location because a federal law will not allow a tower within a half-mile of a national historic site.  The veterinary clinic is less than a half-mile from the proposed tower site, and Verizon has submitted a waiver request to the federal agency.  Verizon is also looking for another site further south if the waiver is not obtained because they really need a tower in this location.
 
Adjournment:
 
Chair Haines made a motion to adjourn, and Commissioner Lawson seconded the motion.  The meeting was adjourned by acclamation at 7:30 p.m.