WEB ONLY: Addition and attached garage permitted

The committee of adjustment has approved a minor variance application to allow a 640 square foot attached garaged onto a residential dwelling.

Mayor David Anderson explained the variance is for a property at 325 Main Street West, in Palmerston. The change would allow construction of a 132 square foot residential addition and an at­tached garage onto an existing home.

Wellington County planner  Linda Redmond wrote to council that the property has an existing residence categorized as legal non-conforming. She wrote that based on drawings provided, the proposed use meets all setback requirements.

But, she said, there appears to be discrepancies between the arial maps and the drawings.

She asked for confirmation that the three-metre sideyard setback could be maintained.

Otherwise, she had no concerns, provided the measurements are accurate.

Proponent Mike Dobson said there should still be 20 feet or so. “There should be lots of room,” he said.

Chief building official Terry Kuipers had little concern. Since the property is a legal non-conforming use, an amendment was needed to expand that use.

He explained the original house was constructed in 1885, which predated any zoning bylaws in old Palmerston.

Kuipers checked the survey and measurements.

He agreed with Dobson that the setback would still be 20 plus feet.