Bexley City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 15, to decide a variance request that would allow a property owner to split the lot at 387 S. Parkview Ave. into two parcels and build a new residence.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

At the hearing, council is set to vote on Ordinance 39-18, which, if approved, would grant the variance request, forming two new lots that would not meet existing R-3 residential zoning minimum lot requirements and granting variances to the applicable R-3 development standards for minimum yard requirements. According to the legislation, Columbus-based Tuckerman Home Group/Paymax Properties LLC has filed an application to divide the existing lot at 387 S. Parkview Ave., which is 133 feet wide by 250 feet deep.

The property's eastern boundary and front yard abuts South Parkview Avenue and the back yard and western boundary abuts Westland Avenue.

The proposed lot split would create a new western lot that would be 133 feet wide by 110 feet deep facing Westland Avenue that requires a 50-foot variance. The lot split would also create a new eastern lot that would be 133 feet wide by 140 feet deep adjacent to and facing South Parkview Avenue and requires a 20-foot variance.

Ordinance 39-18 states that if council approves the variances and a new residence has not been built on the new South Parkview Avenue lot within a year of final approval, the variances will expire.

Councilman Richard Sharp, chairman of council's Zoning, Development and Judiciary Committee, said the applicant would have 20 minutes to make a presentation during the hearing. Sharp said the city mailed notices of the public hearing in mid-December to residents whose properties are within 200 feet of 387 S. Parkview Ave.

Just prior to the start of the hearing, Bexley Building and Zoning Director Kathy Rose will take the names of property owners who received the notices and who wish to address council, Sharp said. Each speaker will then have five minutes and may choose to give their time to another person, he said.

"There's no obligation by any supporter or opponent to consolidate their time, but you can for purposes of designating a lead supporter or opponent to make that presentation," Sharp said when council discussed the hearing on Dec. 11.

Property owners who wish to speak do not have to establish how they will be affected by the proposed variances before speaking, said Marc Fishel city attorney.

"You don't have to prove any detriment to your property or yourselves," Fishel said. "Being within 200 feet (of 387 S. Parkview Ave.) is the only requirement to speak."

For more information about hearing, visit the city's website, Bexley.org.

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