Two variances approved by zoning board

Published 11:36 am Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Vicksburg Zoning Board of Appeals granted variances Wednesday to Lighthouse Baptist Church allowing it to move a planned fellowship hall on its property at 1804 Sky Farm Ave., and to a resident on Windham Street to build a carport at her home.

Zoning administrator Dalton McCarty said the board’s actions came at a special meeting Tuesday.

He said Lighthouse Baptist Church officials received permission to move the hall because the original site is too close to a creek at the rear of the church property.

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“They wanted to get it as far away from that creek as possible,” he said.

Separately, Rita Ardoin asked the board to reduce the front yard setback on her property on Windham Street from the required 30 feet to 8 feet to install a carport cover in her driveway.

McCarty said Ardoin’s house was built in 1968, before the city’s zoning regulations were approved in July 1971, and is closer to the street. He said the house was grandfathered in when the zoning ordinance was passed.