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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Yates veterans housing proposal put off to January HPC meeting

Yates proposal attorney asked to put off hearing to next month.

Historic Preservation Commission chairperson Bill Michelson informed the group at its Tuesday meeting that the attorney in the Yates matter had phoned to ask that the matter be rescheduled owing to his witness' inability to attend the meeting.

The matter has been rescheduled for the January 23, 2018 meeting.

In other business, the HPC discussed the upcoming public hearing on proposed expansions of the Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights historic districts. Responding to a question from the public, Michelson said that the list of proposed properties and maps would be put on the city's website in advance of the public hearing for the public's convenience.

It was a pleasure to witness a well-prepared property owner from Ravine Road in the Netherwood Heights HD present his proposal to install a wooden shed from Home Depot at the rear of his property.

He had done his homework thoroughly: he had submitted a sketch map of the proposed location; he had complied with the lot line and setback requirements; he had checked the dimensions of the shed and confirmed they met code specs, and he explained how the shed would be placed off the ground to avoid water damage and rot.

The presentation and the HPC's unanimous approval took about five minutes, proving an appearance before the Commission doesn't have to be torture if the applicant does their homework.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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