Board of Adjustment - July 25, 2017 Minutes
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Adjustment of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 9:00 o’clock a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
The Members present or absent were as follows:
Present: Deb Wendel-Daub, Matthew Boreen, Russell Ford-Dunker, Michael Love, Mike Mitchell
Absent: Mark Lundberg
Also present: Jodi Bertrand, Bruce Taralson
Chair Wendel-Daub called the meeting to order.
Item 1a: Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting of June 27, 2017
Member Boreen moved the minutes of the June 27, 2017 Board of Adjustment meeting be approved. Second by Member Mitchell. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 1b: Approve Order of Agenda
Member Love moved the Order of Agenda be approved as presented. Second by Member Ford-Dunker. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 2: New Business
a) Variance Request – 3931 and 3949 37th Avenue South: CONTINUED TO AUGUST 22, 2017
Request for a variance of Article 20-06 of the Municipal Code. The requested variance is to allow for the construction of a building addition to an existing manufacturing facility at a lower elevation than would otherwise be required by the City’s Floodproofing Code.
Planner Aaron Nelson presented the staff report and an overview of the request. Mr. Nelson stated staff is recommending denial on the basis that the review considerations of Section 21-0603 have not been satisfied.
Discussion was held by the Board regarding floodable construction and FEMA base flood elevation requirements.
Stormwater Engineer Jody Bertrand spoke on behalf of the Engineering Department.
Applicant representative Nick Dietrich, Dietrich Construction, LLC, spoke on behalf of the requested variance.
Inspections Administrator Bruce Taralson submitted a handout to the Board that included the first page of Fargo’s Floodproofing Code, and information regarding FEMA’s definition of substantial improvement.
Further discussion ensued, and it was suggested item 2.a be continued to the August 22, 2017 Board of Adjustment meeting, to provide the applicant the opportunity to further review their request. The applicant agreed to this continuation.
Member Ford-Dunker moved this item be continued to the next meeting of the Board of Adjustments. Second by Member Love. Upon call of the roll Members Love, Ford-Dunker, Mitchell, Boreen, and Wendel-Daub voted aye. Absent and not voting: Member Lundberg. The motion was declared carried.
Item 3: Other Business
a) Annual Nomination and Election of Officers
Member Boreen moved Michael Love be nominated as the Board of Adjustment Chairperson. Second by Member Mitchell. Member Ford-Dunker moved Deb Wendel-Daub be nominated as the Board of Adjustment Vice Chairperson. Second by Member Love. Upon call of the roll Members Mitchell, Boreen, Ford-Dunker, Love, and Wendel-Daub voted aye. Absent and not voting: Member Lundberg. The motion was declared carried.
Item 4: Adjournment:
Member Love moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 a.m. Second by Member Boreen. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.