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BY Sarah smith

The Hubbard County Board of Adjustment granted three variance requests Monday while admitting that seeing the affected properties was almost impossible in the snow.

The board granted a variance to Eagle Bay Lodge Coop Assn.’s request for an addition to a nonconforming structure. Members would like to have conditioned the request on adding a buffer zone to control runoff into the lake.

But since they couldn’t see the lake’s shoreline on their visitation last week, board members didn’t know how large the area should be.

The property on Eagle Lake is a mixed commercial/residential nonconforming use that predates the shoreland ordinance.

In the development, there are some seasonal rentals and some cabins that are under private ownership. All have access to a common lodge, which is located in the shore impact zone and which was the object of the variance request.

The board approved the request 5-0. Because the lodge predates the ordinance and was in the shore impact zone, any modifications required a variance.

In other business, the board approved a request by two couples to essentially bless a longstanding boundary issue they’ve spent years and legal fees to correct.

James and Paula Driessen and Greg and Mary Marotte asked to adjust a property line between two riparian nonconforming lots on Island Lake.

When the lots were subdivided and sold according to an earlier survey, the Marottes subsequently discovered their house was on the neighbor’s lot, Mary Marotte told the board.

“This is really an unusual situation,” board Member Char Christenson said.

“Asking to own the land on which one’s house sits is a reasonable use of property,” the Environmental Services Office’s staff recommendations noted in support of the variance request.

Moving the log cabin and attached deck would be too cumbersome and disturb the topography.

The board approved the request 5-0,

It also granted a request by Stephen and Mae Tinguely to modify a variance granted in August 2012.

The landowners proposed scaling back the size of an addition onto their Long Lake home in exchange for a smaller lakeside screen porch.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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