Planning Commission Vice-Chair Lucas Chesnut said that he understood that the problem arose after Grasty obtained a building permit and began construction without submitting design plans for approval to the commission. During construction, State-licensed Building Inspector Pat Rhodes noted that the structure did not comply with an ordinance requiring 25 feet of clearance between the exterior and the right of way on Shelby Street and ordered construction halted.
An adjacent house on Shelby Street had 20 feet of clearance between its wall and the street, said Grasty in his variance request to the commission members. Grasty requested a variance for the wall, not including a porch that brought the building closer to the road.
Chesnut said that at last month’s meeting, the board voted to send Grasty a letter clarifying his plan for the building, and to request a variance.
“Our feeling is that he needs to comply with the terms of the variance. If not, the building inspector may stop construction again,” said Chesnut. He said that the variance requires the building’s outermost point to be within 18 inches of the distance of the outermost wall of the building next door. He said that Grasty would have to redo the footer of the building to comply with the variance.
Originally, the commission made a motion to require the outermost point of the new house to be within 20 feet of the road, rather than the right of way, but rescinded the motion to require him to be within 18 inches of the house next door.
At the special called meeting last Wednesday, Grasty said, “The porch is an add-on. I talked to the lady I’m building the house for, and we decided to put on a five foot porch. It’s a stoop more than a porch, and it’s an add-on that can be taken off if needed.”
Grasty noted that the subdivision around the vacant lot had been constructed 50 years ago, and that the remaining lot’s configuration made it difficult to build within planning commission guidelines. “That lot has not been sold for a reason. I picked the best place to put a house.
To learn more about the Planning Commission's decision, read The Cadiz Record.