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Sunday School Additions, New Auto Repair Shop: White Plains Zoning Agenda

A varied roster of petitioners seeks relief from strict application of the city's land-use statutes.

A mix of residential, religious and commercial applicants will ask the White Plains Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night for permission to deviate from strict application of the city’s land-use law.

Seeking variances—limited exceptions to the zoning-code—the petitioners will argue that to do otherwise, and follow the strict letter of the law, would impose an unnecessary hardship on them.

The board is scheduled to meet in city hall at 7 p.m., in the Common Council chamber to consider the following applications. Shortcomings ascribed to the properties are from city records.

  • A one-story addition to the Sunday-school hall of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church. The property, at 1131 North St. and zoned R1-12.5, is an environmentally sensitive site. While the proposed addition would be outside a required 50-foot protective buffer area surrounding the delineated wetlands, it would fall within an additional 50-foot protective or restrictive buffer area to be determined by the approving agency, making an area variance necessary.
  • Proposed side and rear additions and alterations to 145 Soundview Ave. The additions require variances since they would intensify existing conformities with respect to lot frontage, one-side and combined-side yard setbacks on the premises, which are in the R1-30 Zone. 
  • Application to change occupancy to a motor-repair shop at 18 Belway Place, in the LI Zone. A motor-vehicle repair shop requires a special permit, which the zoning board must review before approving.
  • Application for a two-story front yard addition at 27 Bogert Ave., in the R1-5 Zone. Since the existing dwelling is legally non-conforming with respect to side-yard and rear-yard setbacks, the proposed addition and alteration would need area variances.
  • Application for one-story additions and renovations to the front and rear at 14 Platt Place. The premises’ lot frontage, front- and side-yard setbacks, legally non-conforming in the R1-30 Zone, require area variances.
  • Application to construct a side and rear-yard deck at 144 Hale Ave., an R2-2.5 Zone. The property, with a two-family dwelling under construction, will require area variances for building coverage and setbacks.

New applications (no appearance)

  • A proposed 72- x 13-foot in-ground lap pool at 22 Eagle Court, an R1-12.5 Zone. It will also require a 2-foot extension to part of an existing 4-foot-high fence to provide the required 6-foot-high pool enclosure.
  • Application for area variances to legalize a raised rear-yard terrace and its associated retaining walls at 19 Manor Ave., an R1-7.5 Zone. The city says no permit was issued for construction of the terrace, which also exceeds limits on the projection of structures and height of retaining walls into required yards.
  • A proposed three-story rear-yard addition at 11 Oakwood Ave. in an R2-2.5 Zone will require area variances for floor-area coverage and building height. The existing building is legally non-conforming with respect to one side-yard setback.

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