Jun 202014

By Naomi Hatch

A variance for the construction of room additions that would encroach rear yard setbacks was approved by the Snowflake Town Council June 10.

Mike Little, owner of the property located at 14 S. First East St., explained that he will construct two rooms, which would be used to house a water heater, washer and dryer, and provide storage space to the tenants.

Little said that the new building would enable tenants to clean up the back yards, and his intent was to continue the improvements by adding a traditional pitched roof over the existing flat roof, which would enhance the appearance of the apartment and the neighborhood.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Dale Call explained that the property currently has an apartment complex that is approximately 2,400-square feet that was constructed in approximately 1960 and has four living units.

Call said he notified residents living behind the apartment by mail and he followed up with phone calls, but did not receive any response either in favor of or opposing the request.

“This will improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood,” said Call, noting that there would be a 12’ encroachment, leaving only 8’.

Vice Mayor Jason Whiting said that he and Councilman Tom Poscharsky looked at the apartment and asked Call, who is also with the Snowflake Fire Department, if it would affect fire safety. Call said that it would be an improvement, that they would have 8’, providing fire truck access, which they do not have currently. He went on to state that the water heater would be inside the building, rather than outside.

In other business a request made by Navajo County Sheriff’s Office for a variance to allow a manufactured office building currently located at the Taylor office on Pinedale Road be placed at 76 W. Snowflake Blvd. was withdrawn at Navajo County’s request.

The council discussed this item in May and asked staff members to get more information before they approved the variance.

Call discussed this with Navajo County officials, who said if it was not going to work out for the community, they would withdraw the request.

A motion to accept the withdrawal of the variance request passed unanimously.