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Variance Request 13 Westwood Forest Oakland MO 63122

The Board of Adjustment of the City of Oakland will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 424 North Sappington Road, Glendale MO 63122 (the Oakland/Glendale Courtroom) to hear the following request for variance from the zoning code of the City of Oakland:

Jon and Erin Shulan wish to remove the existing detached garage and construct an attached front entry garage with a master bedroom behind the garage at 13 Westwood Forest Lane, Oakland MO 63122 (zoned as R2- Residential). They are seeking a variance from Code Section 405.107-A-3 which states “The garage portion of the front elevation may project a maximum of six (6) feet beyond the remainder of the front elevation provided that if the garage projects four (4) feet or more feet beyond the remaining front elevation, then an architecturally integrated covered porch shall extend along the remainder of the front elevation.” The proposed garage will extend sixteen (16) feet past the front elevation of the existing structure, without an integrated covered porch. The structure is on a pie shaped lot and the proposed garage will not extend past the front of the neighboring houses. This project will meet side yard and front yard setbacks

Citizens are invited to submit written comments or appear in person at the Public Hearing to comment upon this topic. Any individual wishing to attend the meeting who has special needs (e.g. hearing impaired or other disability) that must be accommodated, please contact the City Administrator/Clerk at 314-416-0026.

Oakland, arguably one of St. Louis County’s best-kept secrets, is a small fourth class city of approximately 1550 residents. Its 7.5 miles of tree-lined streets are nestled between Webster Groves to its east, Crestwood to its south, Kirkwood to its west, and Glendale to its north.

Oakland is a community of great architectural diversity. Not only will you find homes designed by such modern day architects as Harris Armstrong, Robert Schutt and Paul Marti (all of whom are former Oakland residents) but also turn of the century houses and arts and crafts-styled cottages. Oakland has a fascinating history, explored in the book Oakland: A History of the People &Their Homes and summarized here.

Oakland is primarily a residential community, but within its city limits you will find Westborough Country Club, Ursuline Academy, a private girls’ high school, Bethesda Dilworth, one of the largest long term care facilities in Missouri, Webster Groves Christian Church and Oak Bend Library, a branch of St. Louis County Library.  It is also home to Pedego St. Louis, an Oakland family-owned electric bicycle business located next to Grant’s Trail.

You will also find three city parks. Loewnau Park is located on the corner of Sappington Road and Oakland and is named for Adolph Loewenau, Oakland’s former longtime city clerk. Backstoppers Park of Oakland is located at the trailhead of Grant’s Trail, part of the Gravois Greenway and is named for the non-profit organization that supports families of fallen first responders.  Minturn Park, centered on Gravois Creek in the north end of town, features the oft-photographed Paul and Audie Marti bridge. City parks provide wonderful green spaces within our community.

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