It was standing at the Monrovia Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting Tuesday night, when we talked to the audience about a variance request and a variance request that would Chestnut Street.
Brian Moench, from Moench Engineering, presented before the BZA on behalf of Tom Kirby, owner of Total Paint and Body LLC on N. Chestnut St., Monrovia.
Moench explained that presently, Kirby performed at his shop, and would like to build a business that he could expand his business and take on medium-duty truck work. Moench noted that the variances were allowed to be allowed to continue. The five variances are related to parking, loading, screening and building materials.
During the hearing for the variance requests, several people spoke in support of the business, and none spoke against.
During the discussion with the BZA, Michael Conner and Stan Graves. Moench explained that the proposed variances would not have increased the amount of water, and Kirby noted that it had been made in that time.
It is believed that the petitioner needed to go to the Monrovia Planning Commission before the BZA could make a decision on the proposed variances.
Monrovia Planning Commission President Eddie Menzel said that the town's previous engineer, Banning Engineering, had been appointed to the BZA to see what variances would be approved before going to the planning committee.
Moench confirmed Menzel's remark, stating that he had come to the BZA at Banning Engineering's direction and said that he and Kirby were anxious to move forward as soon as they could, noting that paperwork had been submitted in October of last year.
Following additional discussion, Conner made a motion to continue the first variance to the next meeting that passed 3-0-2. Conner, Graves and board member Norieta Sichting voted in favor of the motion. Board members Phyllis Mead and Ed Olleman abstained from voting because they own property.
Seriously made to move the second variance that passed 3-0-2 along the same lines. After further discussion, Sichting made a motion of the variances except for the last one. The motion passed 3-0-2.
Making the most of the variance and granting of the total amount of varnish. The motion passed 3-0-2.
The BZA also heard from Corey and Kirsten Garriott who asked for continuity on their variance request that they could better educate the public on what they intended to do with the property.
Corey explained that the couple had come to BZA before going to the Planning Commission at Banning Engineering's direction and hoped for to avoid having multiple engineering drawings. Conner made a motion to grant continuity. The motion passed unanimously.
Following the motion, a few people spoke in support of the couple, while many presented them with questions about their plans.
The couple explained that they use variance. They said that they are interested in being a disruptive business. Seriously stated that they also needed to go to the planning committee before returning to the BZA.
Seriously made a motion to close the public hearing regarding the variance request that passed unanimously.
The Monrovia Planning Commission will be at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 12, at the Monrovia Municipal Center, 140 E. Main St.