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City planning commission hears garage height variance request

At a city of Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission meeting on Thursday, there were only two items on the agenda: approve the minutes from the last meeting, and hear a variance request from Ted Newmann, whose son spoke for him, to build a detached garage greater than the dimensions that city ordinance codes allow.
Though it’s not uncommon to break through the seemingly arbitrary barriers that city ordinance codes often call for, the garage almost doubles the maximum height allowed by the city, which is 15 feet. The garage, which would also nearly double the size of their house, was requested to be 28 feet tall. The Newmanns wanted the extra storage space in the form of an attic, and are in need of a three-door garage.
“The height is the only sticky point,” said Commissioner Bob Senst, who was the first to voice concern over the aesthetics of a garage being so much bigger than the house. The other commissioners followed afterwards, with Chair Wes Olson stating, “It’s just going to look overbearing,” and that it would be, “ … a struggle for the board to give (Newmann) a variance that high.
For more, see the May 16 print edition of The Chronicle.