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Hemphill Park case granted reconsideration

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

After several months of contentious discussion between the Board of Adjustment, members of the North University Neighborhood Association, and the developer of the property at 2713 Hemphill Park, in November the board approved the request to grant a variance for minimum lot size. However, the neighborhood association came back at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting to request a reconsideration of the case. Specifically, Mary Ingle, who was speaking on behalf of the neighborhood association, requested that the board remove the reasonable conditions attached to their initial ruling. In a Nov. 19 letter to the board, Rick Iverson, the co-president of the North University Neighborhood Association, requested the removal of conditions associated with the University Neighborhood Overlay in order to be replaced with conditions that aligned more closely with the neighborhood character. Gregg Andrulis, representing the original applicant for the variance, said that she “supports the recommendation for the removal of the condition.” The neighborhood association requested 4-foot sidewalks instead of 12-foot sidewalks, 15-foot setbacks, appropriate landscaping for the area, and no required lighting. After reopening the case, the board unanimously re-approved the motion to approve the lot size variance “using the findings we previously used at the last meeting” with the conditions itemized on the letter from Rick Iverson.

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