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ZBA January 12, 2005

                                                        DRAFT FILED: 1/18/05
                                                        FINAL APPROVAL:  2/9/05

VILLAGE OF CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEETING MINUTES OF JANUARY 12, 2005.


MEMBERS PRESENT:    Don Sapir, Chairman
                                          Rhoda Stephens
                                          Ruth Waitkins
                                          Paul Rolnick
                                          Witt Barlow


Meeting came to order 8:00 P.M.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

12/8/04 – Stephens – Made motion to accept the minutes as corrected.
               Barlow – Second the Motion
               Vote:  5-0  - In favor

HEARINGS:


Todd & Crystal Antico, 6 Cedar Lane, Located in a RA-9 District and designated on the Tax Maps of the Village as Section 78.13 Block 4 Lot 56.  Request for a front yard variance with respect to a proposed enclosed entryway.

Todd Antico and Crystal Antico were present for the hearing.

Todd Antico -  We are here to request a variance for an extension of our front entryway.  It will be no more than three feet in depth and the overhang will be no more than two and one half feet.  This will enable us to enter the front door with sufficient room and without tracking mud into the house.  It will be a relatively small structure and will conform to many of the other houses in the neighborhood.  We have received no opposition from our neighbors.  We have with us this evening a letter from one of our immediate neighbors on 45 Nordica Dr.,  who is in support of our application.

Sapir – Did you speak to your neighbor on the other side of your property?

Mr. Antico – No, just the first neighbor to the left.

Sapir – What will the hardship be if not granted?
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Mrs. Antico– The tightness of the area.

Mr. Antico - We have been in the home a couple of months. The previous owner built a staircase that interferes with the front door.  They used a side door that entered the kitchen.  We prefer a front entrance and in the future we want to install a garage.

Sapir – Do you have any kind of drawing showing the proposed entryway?.

Mr. Antico - We don’t have sketches, but we do have pictures of other homes in the area with similar structures.  

Pictures submitted for the record.

Rolnick – Will the overhang be like the ones we see in the pictures?

Mr.Antico  – It will be similar in size.  Architecturally, it may be a little different.

Stephens – Are you going to use a platform and reconfigure the steps?

Mr. Antico – Yes.  We are planning to enclose the existing platform.

Barlow – Will you use the same material that is on the existing siding?
Mrs. Antico – It is kind of hard to find the exact material.

Mr. Antico – The existing siding is Belgian block that was installed in the 1940’s

Pictures submitted showing the existing siding.

Mr. Antico – We may use hardy board that looks like wood.

Rolnick – But not vinyl?

Mr. Antico – No.

Barlow  –If you were to put the proposed structure on the side of the house you would still need a variance?

Mr. Antico – Yes.

Stephens – And if the front entrance was closed off you would only have one entrance and that would be to the kitchen.  Correct?

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Mr. Antico – Yes.

Rolnick – You do not want your front entrance to lead to the kitchen.

Mr. Antico – And there is no space for closet space at the kitchen side door.

Barlow – who is going to design the proposed structure?

Mrs. Antico – Joe Pava of Briarcliff.

Barlow – You do intend to have an architect draw plans.

Sapir  – The portico will come out three feet and what will the width be?

Mrs. Antico – Seven feet wide.

Rolnick - and the width of the platform is what?

Mr. Antico – Seven feet eight inches.

Stephens – So the variance required is 2 ft. 8 in.?

Sperber – No.  2.9 ft.  They should look at a three foot variance.

Sapir – But, they actually need a 2.9 ft. variance.

Sperber – Yes.

Rolnick – Will you have a new stairway or steps for the new front door?

Mr. Antico - The existing steps will remain.

Rolnick – So your proposed structure will not look like this picture because you will be entering on the side.

Sperber -  The portion of the Code allows entry to encroach in the front yard 8 ft. by 6 ft. in depth.  The enclosure falls within that even with an awning, it still falls within that envelope.

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Rolnick – The steps don’t count?

Sperber – No, because it still falls within what is allowed by Code.

Sapir – Are there any other questions?

There was no reply


Hearing closed.


Rolnick – Made Motion to grant a 2.9 ft  front yard variance according to illustrations submitted and with the following conditions:

Siding will match the wood siding currently existing, and the roof will match the existing roof slope and material, and the proposed structure will be no more than 3 ft by 7 ft.

Stephens – Second the Motion

Vote:  5-0 In Favor – Sapir, Stephens, Waitkins, Rolnick, Barlow




Respectfully submitted,


Janice Fuentes
ZBA Secretary
1/12/05









                                RESOLUTION


Todd & Crystal Antico, have applied to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, requesting a front yard variance with respect to a proposed enclosed entryway.

The property, at 6 Cedar Lane, is located in a RA-9,District and is designated on the Tax Maps of the Village as Section 78.13 Block 4 Lot 56.

A public hearing having been held after due notice, this Board from the application and after viewing the premises and neighborhood concerned, finds:


There will be no undesirable change to the character of the neighborhood.

The neighbors who will be affected did not object to the application.

The proposed construction is needed and will be an attractive addition to the character of the neighborhood which has similar type porticos.

The proposed variance will not have an adverse effect or impact on the physical or environmental conditions in the neighborhood or district.



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the application is hereby GRANTED as follows:

Rolnick – Made Motion to Grant a 2.9 ft. front yard variance according to illustrations submitted and with the following conditions:

Siding will match the wood siding currently existing, and the roof will match the existing roof slope and material, and the proposed structure will be no more than 3 ft. x 7 ft.

Stephens – Second the Motion

Vote:  5-0 – Rolnick, Stephens, Sapir, Waitkins, Barlow
1/12/05



According to Section 230-76 (D), “Unless work is commenced and diligently prosecuted within one (1) year of the date of the granting of a variance or special permit, such variance or special permit shall become null and void.”