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File #: 21-2922   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Board of Adjustment
On agenda: 4/19/2021
Posting Language: BOA-21-10300021: A request by Jay Pruski for a 14’6” variance from the Whispering Oaks Neighborhood Conservation District maximum driveway width requirement of 19’2” to allow the total driveway width to be 33’8”, located at 11402 Whisper Green. Staff recommends Denial. (Council District 9) (Azadeh Sagheb, Planner (210) 207-5407, Azadeh.Sagheb@sanantonio.gov, Development Services Department)
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Case Number:
BOA-21-10300021
Applicant:
Jay Pruski
Owner:
Linda S Peterson
Council District:|10 10|Location:
11402 Whisper Green
Legal Description:
Lots 44 & 45, Block 23, NCB 15083
Zoning:
"RM-4 NCD-4" Residential Mixed Whispering Oaks Neighborhood Conservation District
Case Manager:
Azadeh Sagheb, Planner

Request
A request for a 14'6" variance from the Whispering Oaks Neighborhood Conservation District maximum driveway width requirement of 19'2", as described in Section 35-335, to allow the total driveway width to be 33'8".
Executive Summary

The subject property is a corner lot located at the intersection of Whisper Green and Whisper Willow street. It is part of the Whispering Oaks Subdivision. The Whispering Oaks Neighborhood Conservation District (NDC-4) does not allow driveway widths to be greater than the garage opening width plus 20%. Based on this design standard, the maximum allowable driveway width would be 19'2". There is an existing 21'8" wide driveway facing the Whisper Willow street, which is already 2'6" more than what the NCD-4 allows. The applicant is wanting to make an additional 12' wide approach connected to the exiting driveway and faced to the Whisper Green street. This would create a horseshoe driveway with access on Whisper Green. Adding a new approach, the driveway width will exceed the NCD standard by 76%.

There is no sidewalk along the southern side of the property and the applicant is concerned about people walking across the front yard. During field visits, staff noticed that the horseshoe driveway is common within the neighborhood.

The west portion of subject property is located within the 100 Year Flood Plain zone and the requested variance was reviewed by the Public Works Department staff and was approved. However, obtaining a flood plain permit is required.

The Development Services Department Traffic Engineering staff reviewed the Clear Vision issue. and approved the new approach and stated that when applying for a permit, an...

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