According to minutes from a meeting of the Commission, Grasty was granted a variance to build the house on Shelby Street to “within an 18-inch plus-or-minus cushion to the house next door”. Though built closer to Shelby Street than specified by the variance, the planning commission accepted a prescient to allow construction to continue after awarding a second variance at their October 25 meeting.
“It was brought to my attention that the house was not within the variance,” said Commission Chairman Bob Brame. “I called City Administrator Lisa Rogers, who had me contact (State-Licensed Building Inspector) Pat Rhodes. We had Code Enforcement Director Debbie Bridges measure the house and found that it was not compliant with the variance as stated.”
Brame said that he contacted Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and the City Attorney who notified Grasty of his non-compliance. Brame said that Grasty said that he understood the variance to refer to a house across Cunningham Avenue that was even closer to the street than the home under construction. Grasty used this building as a point of reference, despite the “house next door” language reflected in the September 5 minutes.
Cunningham Avenue dead ends on Shelby Street.
“With the misunderstanding and vagueness of the variance, the Mayor suggested a compromise in which Mr. Grasty could go ahead with his house,” said Brame. “I talked with Craig Morris (of Pennyrile Area Development District’s Urban Planning Department) and he said that a particular house in a subdivision set a precedent as far as setbacks go.”
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