Daily Sitka Sentinel

Panel OKs Variances in Village

    The Sitka Planning Commission Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve a set of variances that will clear the way for the construction of a new home in the Indian Village.
    Boyd Didrickson wants to tear down the existing structures at 428 Kaagwaantaan Street and build a new two-story home.
    On Tuesday, he received four variances that will clear the way for the project: a front setback reduction, a side setback reduction, an increase in lot coverage to approximately 50 percent and a reduction in parking requirements from two spaces to one.
    The variances were opposed by the Anderson family, owners of an adjacent home. They argued that Didrickson’s project violates Sitka’s zoning codes.
    The Andersons have 10 days to appeal the variances. If an appeal is filed, the issue will go the Assembly.
    The Planning Commission, on a 4-0 vote, also approved a series of changes to the city’s zoning codes and subdivision rules. The changes are expected to be taken up by the Assembly in June.
    The proposed changes would make cellphone towers under 16 feet a permitted use in all zones. There are also proposed changes to how residents will be notified about new subdivisions that are under consideration.

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