Setback variance OKed in Carolina Shores

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

CAROLINA SHORES—A rear yard setback variance was approved Monday by the Carolina Shores board of adjustments.

Thomas Lewis received approval for a variance, regarding a sunroom that encroaches 7.5 feet into the 10-foot setback, town building inspector/code enforcement officer Jean Crowley said.

At Monday’s hearing, Lewis said he was unaware of the encroachment after the sunroom was constructed in the footprint of a rear deck at his home at 3 Gate 11 in Carolina Shores.

Crowley said the original deck encroachment was OK, but a sunroom is not, without an approved variance.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s an inadvertent thing that happened,” she said.

Crowley said a new deck built by Lewis also infringed into the buffer of an adjacent, vacant lot owned by the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association, which declined to sell him the property.

“We reviewed the situation and decided it’s not in the best interest of the POA to sell what was designed as a buffer,” POA president Mike Mundy, adding the POA requested Lewis remove the new deck that infringed on the lot.

“If he did, we would support him in his request for the variance,” Mundy testified.

Lewis said had he known the structures were “land use violations, I would have immediately ceased production.”

“We’re embarrassed and contrite,” he said. “It’s clear the sunroom doesn’t meet the setback, and the deck encroaches on the property owned by the POA.”

The board, consisting of Carolina Shores commissioners overseen by Mayor Pro Tem Jack Csernecky, voted unanimously to grant the variance.