Zoning approves Rainbow lot split

During a public hearing at last Monday evening’s Village of Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission, Brenda and Don Cordel asked for a lot split at 297 Rainbow Avenue.

Brenda Cordel, who said the home and lot had belonged to her father, asked to split the lot in two non-conforming lots, and build a home on the empty lot to live in or sell.

Each lot would be slightly under the 12,000-square-foot lot required in the neighborhood’s R-3 zone.

Zoning commission member Dave Martin said nearby lots with homes are 11,300 square feet, 10,000 square feet, and 9,000 square feet.

“There are three lots in the neighborhood that are between 6,000 and 7,000 square feet,” Martin said. “These lots, though nonconforming to code, would be quite appropriate for what’s in the neighborhood.”

Village solicitor David Brehm asked if there would be any special conditions that relate to the lots since both would be nonconforming, and the new stand-alone lot would front both Rainbow Avenue and Case Street.

Brenda Cordel said both would be small but the new home on the empty lot would be appropriate to the neighborhood.

“The current home is empty,” she said. “We’re looking at plans in the 1,500 to 1,600 square-foot range, but no final selection has been made.”

Don Cordel said 297 Rainbow was originally three lots, ideal for an era when smaller homes were being built in the neighborhood.

“Whatever we build would match the neighborhood,” he said. “It will be a single-family home built in the Craftsman style. We like the neighborhood and want to fit in.”

Commission members approved the lot split, with the condition that the new build home face Rainbow Avenue and looks like other homes in the neighborhood.