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CALL TO ORDER:                          6:30 P.M.


LOCATION:                                      ST. CLOUD DRC Conference Room/

                                                            1300 NINTH STREET, 1st FLOOR




ROLL CALL:                                    Kimberly Paulson       (Chair)            EA      

                                                            Carl Beigel                                         P                                 

                                                            Pete Placencia            (Vice)              Acting Chairman

                                                            William Spinola                                  P

                                                            Donald Bassett                                  P                     

                                                            Robert Paulsen          (Alt)                 P

                                                            Jeffry Krotts              (Alt)     Excused from this meeting   


STAFF MEMBERS:                         John Groenendaal, Director of Planning & Zoning

                                                            Jack Morgeson, City Attorney

                                                            Sherry Taylor, Administrative Assistant


APPROVAL OF MINUTES:            March 12 , 2008


Mr. Spinola made a motion to approve the minutes of March 12, 2008 as written. 


Mr. Paulsen seconded the motion.


The minutes were approved 5-0 with all members voting “Aye”.




            1.  Request for Variance


(a) CASE NUMBER:            2008-06

                 APPLICANT:                    Robert Austin

                 OWNER:                           Robert Austin

                 ADDRESS:                       428 Pennsylvania Avenue


VARIANCE PETITION DETAILS: Applicant is requesting a variance to the requirements of the Land Development Code, Section 3.10.A.4 (Table III-4) to allow an encroachment of 4 feet into front setback area resulting in a setback of 21 feet where a setback of 25 feet is required.


Mr. Krotts informed the Board that he has a conflict of interest on this case.  He stated that he works with Mr. Link, who is the Architect on this case.


Mr. Morgeson informed Mr. Krotts that he would have to fill out Form 8B, a Memorandum of Voting Conflict and give the completed form to Ms. Taylor.


Mr. Krotts acknowledged that he would complete the form and give it to Ms. Taylor and excused himself from the meeting.


Mr. Groenendaal presented the case.  He explained that this variance request is to reduce the front setback from 25’ to 21’.  He outlined conditions to be considered for an approval. 


Mr. Robert Austin, the applicant, stated his name and address for the record.    He explained that this would be a wrap-a-round porch and not be a living space. 


Mr. Beigel asked if this was an after-thought.


Mr. Austin noted the porch was there, they wanted to give it a more of a southern look, and will give it a little more style.


Mr. Beigel noted it was quite an addition.


Mr. Austin noted they thought the porch would enhance the house.


Mr. Morgeson reminded the Board about the Land Development Code and the 6-criteria under Section 3.4.2. (d) 1A and all 6-criteria have to be considered independently and find that all are answered affirmative to support the motion to approve the variance.  He added, conditions if any, that are deemed appropriate shall be part of the motion the Board shall consider in support of whatever motion is made.


Mr. Paulsen asked if the posts will be sitting on the ground.


Mr. Austin noted it would have poured columns and has the Florida cracker look.


Mr. Bassett asked if the fence would be moved and if it met the Code.


Mr. Groenendaal noted fences have no setbacks. 


Ms. Austin noted the reason for the fence is for the pool and the safety of the kids.


Mr. Beigel made a motion that 2008-05 be approved with the conditions in the Staff Report dated May 30, 2008 and that all 6-criteria have been met.    The conditions are as follows:


                                    1.         Variance is limited to the wrap around porch as presented                                 2.         The porch space may not be converted into living space.

                                    3.         The architectural style and roof design of the proposed porch                            additions shall match the existing porch design and style.

Mr. Spinola seconded the motion.


The variance was approved 5-0 with all members voting “Aye”.




The meeting adjourned at 6:45 P.M.


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Sherry Taylor, Secretary                        City of St. Cloud

Board of Adjustment                             1300 Ninth Street

(407) 957-7203                                      St. Cloud, FL  34769