Applicants appearing before the members of the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning at its Nov. 21 meeting had an early cause for Thanksgiving.

Applicants appearing before the members of the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning at its Nov. 21 meeting had an early cause for Thanksgiving.

In contrast to several months of previous meetings about variances on commercial properties that often led to tense discussions with residents, the board, following the recommendations of city staff, granted all requests with minimum debate.

Ed and Melia Wolf of Hillside Drive received approval for the installation of a 6-foot high wooden fence projecting 25 feet into a 140-foot platted setback. The house, which was built in 1957, had further renovations added, including a swimming pool, in 1965.

The installation will fill in a gap between two existing fences along their land’s south property line.

The city’s staff cited the uniqueness of the 140-foot platted setback as well as the swimming pool and 8-foot high wall in front of the proposed fence. Noting that the fence will not be visible because of dense vegetation and sight lines, the staff recommended and the board voted its approval of the variance.

Daniel Bednar of Grenoble Road was granted permission for the construction of a second floor room addition encroaching four inches into an 8-foot setback. In its staff report, the city found that the residence, built in 1937, was constructed with side yard setbacks of 7.7 feet and 7.6 feet in lieu of the minimum 8-foot required setback.

Stating that the renovation should not have a negative effect on neighboring properties, the staff recommended approval, noting that “the increase in height of the existing encroachment is of minor consequence.”

Acknowledging the staff’s report of special circumstances that justified the variance, the board approved Molly Ann Ferris’ request for the construction of a two-story addition projecting five feet on her Coventry Road home. The house was built in 1947.

The proposal includes the removal of an enclosed porch and the construction of a first-floor den and second-floor master bedroom. There will also be vinyl siding and fiberglass shingles for the home.

According the staff report, “The proposal is very modest as it stays within the same footprint which exists today.

A request by the Branham Sign Co. was voted down by the board after a company representative asked that a graphics plan application for Fifth Third Bank be withdrawn. The staff approved a revised sign which complies with UDO Article 6.06.