CITY OF MUSKEGON
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
August 19, 2021
Vice-chairman J. Witmer called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. and roll was taken.
MEMBERS PRESENT: W. German, J. Witmer, M. Ribesky, W. Bowman, T. Puffer, J.
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
STAFF PRESENT: M. Franzak, C. Cashin
OTHERS PRESENT: D. Baker, 2217 Harding Ave
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
A motion to have W. Bowman as Chairperson was made by J. Montgomery-Keast, supported by
M. Ribesky and unanimously approved.
A motion to retain J. Witmer as Vice Chairperson was made by J. Montgomery-Keast, supported
by M. Ribesky and unanimously approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
March 9, 2021 minutes were corrected, by removing T. Puffer from the list of members present.
A motion that the minutes of the regular meeting of March 9, 2021, be approved as corrected
was made by J. Montgomery-Keast, supported by J. Witmer and unanimously approved.
Hearing; Case 2021-03: Request for a variance from Section 404 of the zoning ordinance to
allow a reduced side setback for a second story addition above garage at 2217 Harding by
1. The property is zoned R-2, Medium Density Single Family Residential. The lot is the
appropriate size for development and is considered a buildable lot.
2. The existing house on the lot is considered legally non-conforming because it does not
meet the minimum side setback requirement of six feet for a one-story house. Although it
was requested, a site plan was not provided. It appears that the setback on the west side of
the home is about 1 foot.
3. The applicant is requesting to add a second story to the west side of the home. The
minimum side setback for a single story home is 6 feet. The minimum side setback for a
two-story home is 7 feet. A variance to add a second story while keeping the existing 1
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foot side setback is needed for the project to move forward.
4. Please see the enclosed application, site plan and answers to the questionnaire.
5. Notice was sent to everyone within 300 feet of the property. At the time of this writing,
staff had received one letter from Justin Malek at 2173 Harding, who is in favor of the
The homeowner, D. Baker, discussed his 2nd story expansion needs and plans. There was
discussion about the foundation, location of the expansion and timeline of construction. D. Baker
added that the garage portion of the home is on slab foundation, they chose the 2nd story
expansion because it worked best for the current layout of their home, and they hope to start
construction soon and end within a month or two.
A motion to close the public hearing was made by J. Montgomery-Keast, supported by W.
Bowman and unanimously approved.
A motion that the request for a variance from Section 404 of the zoning ordinance to allow a
reduced side setback for a second story addition above garage at 2217 Harding be approved
based on the review standards in Section 2502 of the Zoning Ordinance was made by J.
Montgomery-Keast, supported by T. Puffer and unanimously approved.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
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