Variance Request for Playscape in front yard of 100 E Lisa
December 8, 2011 Dear Neighbor, We are requesting a variance from the city of Austin to maintain our pre-existing carport in its current location as well as approval to maintain our recently installed playscape. As you may be aware, we installed this playscape in order to provide a gathering area for neighborhood children to enjoy. According to city regulations, both the carport and the playscape encroach into the front yard zoning setback areas. Unfortunately we are unable to relocate the playscape to the rear yard due to limited access. There are existing power and cable lines on the east side of the lot and substantial vegetation on the west side that would need to be removed. Either option would require us to remove these items in order to relocate the playscape. Further, the playscape does not seem to have a proper place in the rear yard due to more pre-existing cable / phone/ power lines – which we understand would be too close to the playscape (per city of Austin Energy and cable / phone company distance requirements). Should the Board of Adjustment approve our request, it is our full intent to proceed with a front porch renovation and install vegetation in the front yard area in order to provide visual screening and make the area more inviting and aesthetically pleasing. A consultant will be representing me at the February 13, 2012 Variance Board to request the following: + Maintain the playscape in the current front yard location + Maintain the carport in the current location You will soon receive official notice from the city of Austin regarding this request. Should you have any questions please contact us directly or our consultant, David Cancialosi c/o Permit Partners LLC @ 799-2401. If you support our request please sign below and we will present this information to a city board at a March 14, 2011 meeting. You can return it to my home at 100 East Lisa Dr., or to David Cancialosi by fax @ 373-8846 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Should the Board deny our requests, we will be forced to remove the pre-existing carport and the playscape. We feel the carport is in keeping with the neighborhood and the playscape is an attractive, neighborhood-friendly addition for children to gather around. Thank you for your consideration! Dan Gillotte and Rosie Weaver 100 East Lisa Dr.