P&Z hears neighbors' concerns in granting remodel permit
By Megan Sonderegger
February 9, 2006 | LEWISTON -- A somewhat controversial
building permit was passed in Tuesday's planning and
zoning meeting after some careful debate and a few complaints
from Lewiston residents.
Juana Apaza, a resident of Lewiston, presented a plan
to tear down part of her house and rebuild a bigger
portion in length. Neighbors of Apaza said they respected
her right to build but were concerned that her plan
would infringe on their rights and their property.
Roy Hall, one of Apaza's neighbors, said he felt her
contractor should be aware that her property has limited
space and allows for no access to the rear of her home
where she is planning to build. He said Apaza had added
onto her house previously and her builders had used
his electricity and his driveway to gain easier access
"In the past I have allowed that to happen as a kind
thing to do, but I've been taken advantage of," Hall
Another neighbor said Apaza's previous building experience
caused property damage to his land when cement trucks
drove over his lawn. "There were some pretty good sized
ruts, and it was done without my consent," he said.
Apaza's contractor said he feels access will not be
a problem and he is planning to pump cement over the
house in order to avoid any infringement. He also said
his building plan will be smaller than the original
in width, which will benefit neighboring property.
The committee approved Apaza's building permit on
condition that she not change the circumference of her
building plan in comparison to her formal home, that
she agrees not to encroach on her neighbors and that
she satisfies the demands of the building instructor.