I was searching for information regarding the variance sign posted in front of the new house next to 1236 Heights Blvd (something about the setback I think) and I happened to watch the video of one of the HAHC meetings. I didn't see anything about said variance, but did watch an interesting segment regarding a COA request for a new sign at the Infinity Title business across the street. Infinity Title is a business housed in bungalow and apparently they wanted to put a new sign on the building, which would go on the gable. "Staff" recommended approval of the new sign, but there was some groveling by one of the committee members about how he didn't like it. When the chair asked for motion to approve the sign, this guy made a motion to deny approval. What happened next was really telling: The chair said something to the effect of, "Well, if you are moving to deny the COA, could you tell us what grounds you are using for the denial, which sections of the ordinance the sign would violate? Because we will need to know that in case there is an appeal." The committee member making the motion for denial had to think about it for a bit and then spit out some of the "magic numbers" for denial, cause "I just don't like it" wasn't good enough. The COA for the new sign was denied, by the way. I hope they appeal and win. Every time I see that committee at work, it makes me want to puke! Edit: I found the information I was looking for about 1226 Heights Blvd and boy are they in a pickle. This was new construction and they received a COA. Halfway through construction, they discovered that due to a mistake by the contractor, they had built the house 2'4" closer to the street than it was supposed to be. They had apparently measured from the fence instead of the property line (fence was between the property line and the street). So this made the planned front porch of the house encroach 2'4" into the 25' minimum setback. "A neighbor" reported that the house appeared to be farther forward than the rest of the houses, so planning went out and found out it was. They then cancelled the permit and told them to stop work. I think work must have continued because that was sometime in early 2014 and I know they continued to work. They couldn't just make the porch 2'4" narrower because then it doesn't meet our communist-designated minumum width of 6' for porches on houses in the Heights. So they applied for the variance to encroach into the 25' setback. DENIED. So they are screwed. It looks like the COA has been cancelled, permits have been cancelled. Red-tagged. I guess they could move the whole house back.