2015-07-25 / News

Carole Erbel Variance Finds Support From Zoning Board

The Mackinac Island Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) gave Carole Erbel a variance to expand her house at 7243 Spring Street Wednesday, July 22. The existing house and the addition do not meet the rear yard setback, which is 25 feet in the low-density residential (R-1) zoning district.

No comments from nearby property owners, supporting or opposing the variance, were received by the ZBA.

The addition will double the size of Ms. Erbel’s house, expanding the existing rooms to make them more livable. The existing single story house is 16 feet by 20 feet, and was built about 1900, she estimated.

The addition will be two stories high and will also measure 16 feet by 20 feet. It will extend the house’s rear wall, but will be perpendicular to the exiting structure, so the rooflines will be at a 90-degree angle.

Ms. Erbel’s entire house lies outside the rear yard setback distance, being located at the rear of her property next to the Grand Hotel golf course. If the addition met the setback requirements, she said, it would not actually be attached the existing house.

Because of the house’s current location, the ZBA approved the variance request.

The Planning Commission previously approved the project and recommended that the variance be granted.

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