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Hillis pulls zoning request
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McMinnville Board of Zoning Appeals heard a variance request from a local realtor Monday that had property owners on Red Road in fear of a trailer park.
Realtor Donald Hillis requested a 25-foot variance on the city’s 50-foot road frontage setback requirement in order to subdivide a narrow stretch of property on Red Road into three parcels with the future intent of building small homes.
“The property is zoned R-4, which does allow trailers and multi-family homes, but that was not my intent,” Hillis said. “I want to build small houses like what is located across the street. I don’t know where the rumor started that I wanted to place trailers there, but it’s not true.”
City zoning restrictions require buildings to be a minimum of 50 feet from the road. Without a variance, the property would only be large enough for two homes. With a variance, the three parcels would be horizontal in shape and less than two acres combined.
What appeared to be the size requirement for trailers may have caused the cohesive uproar from adjacent property owners, four in total, on all sides of the property.
“I wish to vote no,” said Tom Robinson, who voiced the same sentiments as his neighbors in a letter to board members. “The present zoning allows for mobile homes on this lot. In conversations I have had with other property owners, they agree they do not want this variance approved.”
Hillis pulled his request from consideration.
“I had no idea the adjacent property owners were so upset,” said Hillis. “That was no my intent, so I pulled the request from consideration. My plan is to build two houses, rather than three.”  
While the attempt to divide the lot into three parcels came to an abrupt end, the property is large enough by city code to be divided into two parcels for two houses without a variance request.