Setback change approved for Grandview Avenue home

Excusing himself from the bench of the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment, Craig Miller requested the board consider his request for a variance to the side-yard setback at his 1018 Grandview Ave. home.

Board of Adjustment members voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve the variance, which will allow him and his wife Cheryl to construct a two-car garage, a canopy roof for RV storage and a storage area on the west side of their home.

The Miller's made the request for a five-foot variance for their side yard, which is located on the corner of Grandview Avenue and Upland Drive. Their house, which is on a corner lot, is required by city ordinances to have two 20-foot setbacks from the street, one from the front yard and one from the side yard.

Sunnyside City Attorney Mark Kunkler said that the original encroachment on the setback was much greater than the five-foot variance presented last night.

He explained that the city's requirement for corner lots to have in essence two front yards, is what keeps the Miller's from proceeding with building plans without asking for a variance. Kunkler added that the unusual shape of the Miller's corner lot is part of what makes their exceptional circumstances qualify for a variance.

After studying the proposed variance and construction project, Kunkler added that city staff recommends approval of the variance, adding that the neighborhood would not be adversely affected.

Board of Adjustment member Rick Berk questioned whether visibility around the corner would be blocked if approved, but Kunkler said because of the odd angle of the property corner, there shouldn't be any visibility issues.

The variance was approved pending an approved site plan. Also, a stipulation for approval was that curb, gutter and sidewalk and any necessary street improvements be made. The structure to be constructed must also comply with city R-1 zoning requirements.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail


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