ELIZABETHTON — Diners at J’s Corner will soon have more room outdoors to enjoy the restaurant’s sandwiches, drinks and treats, thanks to a variance granted by the Elizabethton Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday.
Jarrod Ellis appeared before the board to ask for a variance to the side yard setback for his property at 102 S. Lynn Ave. The property is in a B-4 intermediate business district zone.
Ellis is expanding his outside dining area to accommodate 30 diners. As part of the improvements, he is installing a vinyl-covered awning that is wind proof.
Elizabethton Planning Director Jon Hartman said a variance would be needed because the canopy would exceed the 5-foot setback requirement. He did not think sight lines would be a problem.
Board member Paul Bellamy said he did not see South Lynn getting any wider. Member Dena Bass said there was a four-way stop at the corner and so traffic speeds were not a problem.
The board voted unanimously for the variance.
Bass asked Hartman why there was a need for Ellis to pay a fee and take the time to come before the board when the imprint for the dining area was already established. Hartman said it was similar to putting in a new parking lot. He said it was permissible to pave an unpaved parking lot all the way to the street. If the parking lot was to include a canopy, a variance would be needed.