Doreen Beck, a resident of 626 Sunset Drive, was granted a variance Monday evening by the Fergus Falls Planning Commission.

A public hearing was called to consider the variance which allows for a reduced side setback in the R-1 One-Family Residence District.

In her request, Beck wrote, “We are adding a four-season porch to the same area as an existing deck on the south side of our house. The plans call for a 10×16 (porch) to make the porch 12×16. We are asking for a 2-foot variance. The current deck will be torn down.”

A side setback in the distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited. Local governments create setbacks through ordinances and building codes, usually for reasons of public policy such as safety, privacy and environmental protection.

Development and planning specialist Ryan Miller laid out the standards of evaluation in his planning commission staff report Monday evening. Miller did not feel the variance would alter the essential character of the locality and recommended approval.

The planning commission’s approval sends the variance to the Oct. 7 meeting of the city council.

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