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20190223 Sanson Residence NOD oiGALSPRINGS Bill Moore, Chair CITY OF SARATOGA Keith Kaplan, Vice Chair ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS Brad Gallagher, Secretary Cheryl Grey iftl. '� CITY HALL-474 BROADWAY Jerry Luhn SARATOGA SPRINGS NEW YORK 12866 Chris Hemstead co ic'' RATED PH 518-587-3550 Fx 518-580-9480 Rebecca Kern WWW.SARATOGA-SPRINGS.ORG n'r-"--"" ,i."".„}" #20190223 IN THE MATTER OF THE APPEAL OF Robert Sanson and Cynthia Wright 39 York Avenue Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 from the determination of the Building Inspector involving the premises at 39 York Avenue in the City of Saratoga Springs, New York being tax parcel number 166.42-1-21 on the Assessment Map of said City. The appellant having applied for an area variance under the Zoning Ordinance of said City to permit the construction of an addition to an existing single-family residence in a UR-3 District, and public notice having been duly given of a hearing on said application held on the 22nd day of April and the 6th day of May 2019. In consideration of the balance between benefit to the applicant with detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the community, I move that the following area variance for the following amount of relief: Type of Requirement District Proposed Relief requested dimensional requirement Maximum Principal Building Coverage 30% 39.9% 9.9% (33%) (Presently 41.9%) As per the submitted plans be disapproved for the following reasons: 1. The applicants have submitted that the benefit sought cannot be achieved by other means feasible to them, and that alternative designs were contemplated before reaching that conclusion. The applicants included in their materials drawings and a narrative in support of their appeal to this Board, noting their desire for more functionality in living space which would support their desire to remain in the home and age in place.The Board notes that the property has preexisting nonconformity with relevant current maximum principal building lot coverage requirements, and that this application calls for a slight reduction of such coverage. However, as far as the second floor adjacent to the northern property line, the board finds that a lower profile design may be feasible. 2. The Board finds that granting this variance, as presented, would create an undesirable change in the character of the neighborhood through its scale and imposing design that would dominate and overwhelm adjacent as well as other neighboring homes. 3. The Board finds the variance sought to be substantial on a percentage basis. 4. The variance sought would, for the reasons cited above, have a significant, lasting and adverse physical or environmental effect on the surrounding neighborhood or district, despite the virtue of its restrained footprint on the lot. 5. The alleged difficulty is self-created insofar as the applicants seek approval to construct the proposed addition. 6. Balancing the benefit sought by the applicants against considerations affecting the health, safety and welfare of the community articulated through the governing ordinances of the City, the Board disapproves this variance application, as presented. Adopted by the following vote: AYES: 5 (B. Moore, K. Kaplan, C. Grey, B. Gallagher,J. Luhn) NAYES: 0 ABSTAINED: 1 (K. O'Connor) Dated: May 6, 2019 I hereby certify the above to be a full, true and correct copy of a resolution duly adopted by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Saratoga Springs on the date above mentioned,five members of the Board being present. r f _■ , _ rte' SIGNATURE: 05/07/2019 CHAIR DATE RECEIVED BY ACCOUNTS DEPT.