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Garage restrictions may be eased


Do you want to build a garage within the Village of Buckeye Lake? Do you own an empty lot within the Village of Buckeye Lake? Our planning and zoning commission is seeking public input from property owners regarding a change to the restrictions on the construction of garages. To voice your opinion, please attend the public hearing at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, August 11 at the village hall.

The current zoning regulations prohibit the building of garages on lots without an existing residence unless a finished living space is included with water and sewer hookups. Our zoning regulations allow lot combinations in order to qualify for building a garage next to your residence. Obviously, in order to “combine” lots, they must be contiguous.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering new language that may allow for garages to be constructed “when lots cannot be combined due to street, alley or easement impediment.” The proposed language states, “The garage lot must be directly opposite or diagonally positioned to the residence.” It also states, “The garage lot must be permanently identified with a deed restriction to the residential lot. Release of the deed restriction can be considered by variance with appropriate residential conformity.”

Also proposed, “The garage must be consistent in design and size with the residence. While the size must be proportionate to the residence, the maximum garage size permitted is a three car capacity.” In addition, “The building must conform to all existing setbacks.” And lastly, “The garage and residence must be rented or leased together to the same entity. The primary user of the garage must be the occupant of the residence identified by deed.”

It’s a real step forward that the Planning and Zoning Commission is considering easing up on the current restrictions. There’s been some discussion that they need to ease up even more. We have a unique lake community with small lots and a need to store our boats, trailers, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks and golf carts in addition to our cars, trucks, bikes and lawn mowing equipment.

Commission members have a challenging job. They need to hear from property owners THROUGHOUT the village in order to move ahead with any proposed changes. Now is the time to come and share your views. Hope to see you next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Peggy Wells
Buckeye Lake

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