The request to reduce the front yard setback for a new home in Deer Trail passed Tuesday night by the Plymouth Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dan and Janice Weaver purchased a lot on a new cul-de-sac in Deer Trail and plan to build a new home on the lot but with the septic they needed a variance of development standard to reduce the front yard set back from 40 feet to 25 feet. 

Plymouth Planning Consultant Ralph Booker said the Weavers purchased a corner lot meaning they have two front yards.  The home will front at 9353 Country Lane and the septic permit was granted for the southeast area of the lot and allows for a second field if the septic ever fails.   

Dan Weaver told the Plymouth BZA they will be 40 to 45 feet off the edge of the road because the property line is roughly 15 feet from the edge of the road.   

During the public hearing Del Wentzel, owner of the subdivision, sold the lot and spoke in favor of the variance.  He also noted that the subdivision has curbs and gutters. 

Michael Stump who also lives on Country Lane said he had no issues with the variance and Tim Pletcher said with the lot being 120 feet by 160 feet and the two front yard setbacks the lot would be unbuildable. 

A letter in opposition was read by Booker from the property manager of Oak Brook Homes.  They own and have listed for sale the vacant properties contiguous to the property.  He said the 25 or so homes already built on Deer Trail at 40 feet.  He said granting this variance may make it difficult to sell their vacant property. 

Following the closure of the public hearing, member Mark Gidley motioned to approve the variance request stating the home faces Country Lane and not Deer Trail like the other homes Keith Wickens seconded the motion and the Plymouth BZA unanimously approved the motion.