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Springfield Board of Adjustment: Addressing Requested Housing Variances

Board of Adjustment Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – There were two applications for housing related variances at Tuesday’s Board of Adjustment meeting.  One was approved with revisions and the other required additional work to be completed and was given a continuance for the next meeting.

Application #2017-14 from Angela and Larry Molinelli of 33 Redwood Road asking for a front yard variance for a fence was approved with some revised conditions and will be presented as a resolution at the next meeting.  They were represented by their contractor Carmen Sandalla.

According to Board Chair Anthony Fonseca, Springfield’s Board of Adjustment has received many variance requests for front yard fences even though no fences are supposed to be put in the front yard.  The Board has consistently worked with homeowners to come up with a good compromise for all.

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In the case of this application, the fence on this corner lot will be limited to height of four feet with a one foot lattice on top.  All agreed that should provide adequate privacy for the family while fitting in with the neighborhood.  Before putting the fence up, the physical layout has to be approved by Springfield’s Sam Mardini.

A continuance was granted for application #2017-15 for Erika Ferkova of 156 Pitt Road.  She requested side yard and lot coverage variances for an addition.  The addition would transform her current house into a four bedroom house with a detached garage.  It is currently a two bedroom ranch with an attached garage.

Members of the board determined an architectural drawing of the garage was necessary.  They also felt drawing should be revised to move the air conditioning unit to the back of the house and that the application should be updated to include the correct numbers for things like coverage area.  It was agreed this would be done and presented at the next meeting.  No further notice is required of the applicants.

The following resolutions were passed unanimously:

Application #2017-19 by Kenneth Robinson of 110 Kew Drive for a front yard variance involving a fence

Application # 2017-11 by Harold Poltruck of 16 Lenape Drive for a side yard and lot coverage variance for a generator

Application #2017-12 by Ben and Alison Rubin of 260 Short Hills Avenue for a front yard variance involving a fence

Application #2017-9 by Yuri Bore of 29 High Point Drive for side yard, front yard and lot coverage variances for an addition

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