Woodstock Mayor Pro Tem Colin Ake, right, reads out a proclamation recognizing October as Community Planning Month, before presenting it to Director of Community Development Brantley Day.

The Woodstock City Council conducted a public hearing at its most recent meeting to discuss variances for a home construction on Henderson Street before approving the requested variances.

The variance application came from Lyle and Kendall Maurer, who were looking to demolish a home at 101 Henderson St. that had become overgrown and replace it with a new residence, according to City Planner Niwana Ray. However, a sizable portion of the 0.56 acre lot was taken up by a stream buffer, thus limiting what the Maurers could do on the property and helping lead to the variance requests. Some of the variances also involved the fact that, due to the fronting three streets (Main, Henderson and Short), the house is considered a corner lot with three front yards and three street facades.

The first two variances requested allowing a temporary disturbance of the stream buffers for the purpose of demolishing the current house and removing its driveway, which Ray said staff had no objection to. Other variances included installing a pool on the side facing Short Street, allowing a 5-foot tall wooden fence around the pool area and square windows on the Main Street and Henderson Street frontages. While city staff had some conditions they wanted to see attached to the request, recommendations for approval of the request had been forwarded to the council.

After hearing from the Maurers themselves, the council approved the requests.

Although the council voted to table a hearing on the development of townhomes and apartments on Ridgewalk Parkway immediately west of Interstate 575 until the Nov. 16 meeting, Stella Doyle was invited to go ahead and share her thoughts, as she had taken the time to attend the meeting for the hearing.

“As you know, traffic is horrendous,” Doyle said. “I’m asking for the city council to look at what goes there, maybe just single-family residences. All we’re adding is more traffic to that two-mile area. Please adhere to your ratios, let’s try to get some single-family homes in there. I’m asking you to just think about our quality of life.”

The Woodstock City Council also handled the following items:

The consent agenda, which included an easement agreement for a future trailhead and mountain biking trail, a budget amendment to reflect paid time off payout for city employees, a change order to convert a test well on Revere Drive to a production well, declaring surplus equipment from the IT department, the purchase of a new vehicle for the police department using confiscated asset money and two trade-in vehicles, the second reading of amendments to the city code related to fire matters and the second reading of changes to sprinkler requirements, was approved.After being pulled from the consent agenda, the council approved the ratification of the purchase of 2.04 acres of land at 109 E. Main St.♦ “We’ve already closed on the property, this is the ratification of the contract that was approved in executive session,” City Manager Jeff Moon said.

♦ Moon said he needed to make the council aware of an action he had recently taken, an emergency purchase of approximately $45,000 to replace the diffusers at the wastewater treatment plan♦ t, as an issue had arisen that needed taken care of quickly.

♦ When opening the floor to public comment, the council heard from Irene Marsh, who said Barnes Road in the area around her neighborhood is an issue, especially with regards to speeding and traffic congestion, while also arguing the “Turn Right on Red” on Trickum Road is not being enforced and wanted to see action from the city on the matter.

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