B-20-5 4209 Crocker Avenue

CLOSED: This item was reviewed at the October 20th City Council agenda. The City Council denied the appeal and upheld the Planning Commission's approval of both variance requests.

The decision made by the Planning Commission on August 26th was appealed to the City Council. The public hearing at City Council will take place on October 7th and action will be taken at the October 20th City Council meeting.

 Appeal Letter

Applicant Submittal

The variance request is for a new home at 4209 Crocker and is a return item for Planning Commission review. The applicant is requesting identical front yard and 1st floor height variances as approved by the Commission in March 2020. All plans for the project are the same with the exception of the stormwater management plan. The applicant has revised the approved stormwater plan so is returning for Planning Commission review.

The proposed project is a teardown-rebuild at 4209 Crocker Ave. consisting of a two story home with an attached three car garage. The variance request is for a 2.6 foot first floor height variance from the allowable 1 foot increase and a 16.2 foot front yard setback variance. 

The property is within a flood risk area with the rear yard of the site landlocked for the 10% annual chance event. The basement will be elevated to 871.58’ from 870.4’ to comply with the minimum required low floor elevation. The required lowest floor elevation is 871.58’ (10% annual chance event elevation of 869.58’ + 2’).  The existing basement is a walk-out with the new basement proposed to be a “look-out” and partially below grade. The lot is under a flood risk, so code requires the lowest entry elevation of the rear portion of the structure to be no lower than 873’. The owners are not planning to elevate the basement to achieve/continue a walk-out.

The height difference from existing to proposed first floor elevation will be 3.6 feet with a variance request of 2.6 feet. The required lowest entry elevation for the front portion of the structure is 877.20’ (1% annual chance event elevation of 875.20’ + 2’). The garage elevation will be at 877.2’ with a new first floor height of 881.27’. 

The over-all building height will be 32.6 feet as measured from existing grade along the new front building wall and in compliance with the maximum allowable height of 36.25 feet. The proposed front yard setback will match the existing front yard setback of the current home. The new home is proposed to provide the same front yard setback as the original home on site and since torn down, which keeps the home closer to the front and continuing to maintain stormwater storage in the back yard as proposed by the previously approved stormwater management plan as part of the original March 2020, variance request.

March 2020 Applicant Submittal

March 2020 Better Together page

Final action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission.

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