Warsaw Board of Zoning Appeals Monday approved a variance from development standards to permit a new sign with a zero-foot setback in a commercially zoned district at Freedom Oil.
Gregory Cobb, Freedom Oil owner, attended Monday’s meeting and requested the variance for a zero-foot setback to place a 52-square-foot Citgo sign in a commercially zoned district at 425 Argonne Road.
The sign height limit of 8 feet in commercial districts is intended to minimize negative effects of commercial activity when placed near less-intense uses, according to Tim Dombrosky, assistant city planner.
In this case the commercial zoning is surrounded by a more-intense industrial property.
Cobb said the current Freedom Oil sign is 62-1/2 square feet, and there will be a Citgo canopy placed over the gas pumps. The convenience store will continue to be a Freedom Oil store.
Bruce Woodward, Woodward Realty, also spoke in favor of the variance.
“The city spent a lot of money on Argonne Road with the widening of it and the new curbs. A lot of the properties are stuck back in the 1940s and Mr. Cobb has one of those properties that has a 1940s appearance,” Woodward said.
Woodward said putting the canopy over the gas pumps is a beautification project and will provide more lighting on the street and security.
“I think this will be a big improvement especially on these dark winter nights we have in Indiana that will brighten up Argonne Road and make it much more appealing,” Woodward said.
Board member Jack Wilhite made the motion for the variance, seconded by Ron Shoemaker, board member.
The board also approved a variance from development standards request from Tony and Deborah Griffin to allow a detached garage in the front yard at 1307 Ranch Road.
Tony said he purchased the property last fall with intentions to place a garage on the property.
“The front yard is the only aesthetically pleasing place. If I put it on the other end of the house it will obstruct the view and if I stuck it in the back corner it would look like a barn,” Tony said.
Tammy Dalton, board member, made the motion to approve the request, seconded by Wilhite.
The board also approved a variance from development standards to allow a zero-foot variance from the 10-foot setback to allow for a fence at 640 Deerfield Path.
Shoemaker made the motion to approve the request, seconded by Dalton.