by Ken Lahmers


Aurora -- Five variances, including one to allow a resident to erect a temporary electric fence around his horse pasture, were granted June 13 by the board of zoning appeals.

Robert Murray, who owns 4 acres east of the former Ray Harmon farm on Bartlett Road, said he will erect a temporary electric fence in the back of his property so he can move two horses there from a property he owns in Virginia.

The BZA placed on the variance the stipulation that Murray erect the fence within one year. He said he hopes to eventually erect a permanent fence.

Murray told board members he has to relocate his horses soon and cannot wait until a permanent fence is completed, so he requested the temporary fence.

The city's zoning code does not allow the use of electric fences without a variance.

Meanwhile, Eric and Ann Marie Leissa of Birchbark Trail received variances to allow a rear yard setback of 9 feet, 6 inches instead of the required 40 feet and one to allow a side yard setback of 6 feet instead of the required 10 feet for a deck-patio.

Ann Marie said the house is on a corner lot at Birchbark Trail and Ironwood Circle. It has a large front yard, but not much space from the house to the back lot line.

JEFFREY AND Michelle Clark of East Pioneer Trail received a variance to allow construction of 7-foot and 8-foot sections of a privacy fence. The code limits fences to 6 feet high.

Jeff Clark said he was granted a variance for the same 80-foot long fence in July 2005, but he was not able to erect the fence within the required one year and the variance expired.

The Clarks want to build the fence to shield their property from an adjacent lot to the east.

Tim Gallagher was granted a variance at his Eldridge Road home to allow a storage building with a 5-foot side yard setback instead of the required 15 feet.

He said the building will be a garage to store a vehicle, lawn tools and other miscellaneous items.

Sixteen nearby residents signed a petition saying they had no objections to the project.

A variance request from Carol Foster of West Garfield Road to allow an accessory structure to be located in the side yard was tabled because the applicant could not attend the meeting.

In other business, BZA chairman Don Arbuckle said he has received several complaints recently about an increasing number of satellite dishes being erected in front yards.

He said he has asked Mayor Lynn McGill and Planning-Zoning-Building Director Rich Wehrenberg to take a look at the issue and see if a remedy can be found.


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