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Zoning Board approves setback variance

The Altoona Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday granted a side-setback variance for a Fairview couple to build a garage, two months after granting the couple a rear-setback variance for the garage.

Harry and Tami Buchanan needed the variances so the footers to be dug for the garage were far enough from their above-ground pool to ensure the earth under the pool wouldn’t give way.

The couple needed to come to the board a second time because initially, they didn’t realize the side setback was needed, due to a “miscommunication” for which he doesn’t blame anyone, Harry Buchanan told the board.

The board is allowing the garage to be built against the rear and side property lines, waiving a rear setback of 7 feet to an unopened alley and a side setback of 3 feet to the Lloyd Street right-of-way.

The board Wednesday also granted a variance enabling a Juniata man to continue to park vehicles he uses for his woodworking and variable-site milling business on a lot on East Pine Avenue at First Street, near the water tower in Fairview — a lot that’s disconnected from the business.

It’s part of a series of lots between East First and Lloyd streets where he and his wife, Renee, plan eventually to build their home, he told the board.

It was once paved but has since grown up largely into woods, Link said.

It would be unsafe to park his two trucks and two trailers along First Street, he said.

He sometimes uses his trailer-mill there to cut boards for his woodworking business, he told the board.

The conditional approval restricts Link to parking on the ground that fronts First Street and restricts his use of the mill-trailer to between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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