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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Anna Maria P&Z recommends another variance

Members of the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board met Monday night to consider yet another setback variance - this one for owners Larry Albert and Linda Kapisak of a vacant corner lot at 796 Jacaranda Ave.

Albert said the variance was needed to allow a 28-foot-wide home, and that the 10-foot side setbacks on the corner lot would allow only a 25-foot home, which was a "hardship in planning hallways and door swings."

Albert said he was seeking to put the same size home on his corner lot that others can build on an interior lot.

Board member Charles Caniff said it appeared the turning point is the hardship. "It appears your hardship is that you want a 28-foot home on a 25-foot home lot."

Board chairperson Chris Collins, "Why design what you can't build?"

Albert said "a 25-foot home is more like a mobile home in the Sandpiper [mobile home park]."

Dan Gagne of Quality Builders, who apparently designed the home, said it was similar to 802 N. Shore, built by Quality in the "V-zone, but considerably higher, with a setback variance" granted by the board.

The board voted 3-1 to approve the variance with Caniff dissenting, and members then took up discussing a future assignment to consider ordinance changes for the code revision currently under way.

Attorney Jim Dye quipped, "We should look at the codes at least once every 50 years."