Schutte reported, “Developers … don’t like the size of our nice, big cul-de-sacs,” which must be 120 feet in diameter, according to a more recent city ordinance. Older cul-de-sacs here are between 45-75 feet, too small for large vehicles to handle. The International Fire Code minimum standard is a 96-foot diameter, he said. “I’m asking if you grant a variance to keep it to that minimum.”
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Two more topics • Randall and Vanessa Ellis, 315 W. Central Ave., applied to the Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals for a side yard setback variance. "We would like to add a carport with a storage shed onto our garage," she explained. They said they talked to neighbors and no one objected. The president explained the city ordinance requires a minimum of 6 feet from the property line and they asked for 3 feet, which would line up with the house. BBZA member Ken Wanstrath asked for a drawing, but the couple didn't have one. The board agreed to the variance. • RomWeber Flats developer Bruce Rippe said, "There's been an ongoing discussion about having an area for residents ... to go outside and smoke because the building is nonsmoking" after complaints about groups of residents smoking on sidewalks and at South Street Park. Architects recommended constructing a 14-by-4-foot structure similar to a bus stop shelter in the apartments' parking lot facing the park. BBZA member Darrick Cox said, "I would like to applaud your efforts in trying to make this happen … I would think this would be helpful." Because it will be on private property, The mayor pointed out, "There is nothing in our ordinances that allow it or disallow it."