Hobart BZA: Residential recreational activities at storage facility OK
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent August 1, 2013 11:56PM
Updated: September 5, 2013 6:33AM
HOBART — The Board of Zoning Appeals has voted to recommend the resident-owners of a storage facility on Indiana 130 be allowed to use a designated portion of their rear yard for residential recreational activities.
The recommendation includes the provision that a 6-foot wood or PVC fence and landscaping be installed around the designated area within two years.
It will be forwarded to the City Council, which has the final vote.
Merrillville attorney Richard Anderson said his clients, Martin and Caroline Yanovic, live above their business, All About Storage, 2300 E. Indiana 130, and want to use an area for their 6-year-old son to play outdoors.
He said the designated area would be surrounded by a wood fence with landscaping in front for privacy. He said an above-ground pool and perhaps a swing set would be installed in the yard.
Anderson pointed out that the BZA in 2010 gave a favorable recommendation for an on-site manager to reside on the second story of the business, stipulating the resident must be the owner.
Anderson presented letters from neighbors, none of which objected to the proposal.
Acting City Planner Carrol Lewis said the couple still have not removed barbed wire at the top of the chain-link fencing at the storage facility after they were denied a variance to keep it at a previous meeting. He said the BZA could add a stipulation that the variance allowing for the recreational area be granted once the barbed wire is removed.
Anderson said the two could not be tied legally, however, adding the barbed wire would be removed.
Lewis said he had no problem with the recreational use request itself.
“This should have been addressed at the time the residence on the second floor was approved,” Lewis said.
In other matters, McDonald’s Real Estate Co. received permission to install an off-site advertising sign about 200 feet south of the southwest corner of Indiana 51 and Ridge Road.
The sign will replace the existing Smoke Shop sign with a smaller one and will serve as a way-finding sign so people can locate a third entrance to the new McDonald’s that will be built on Ridge Road.