Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

BETHLEHEM-Three variances granted with alacrity

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board is known for marathon meetings, sometimes taking testimony over several nights before deciding whether to grant a variance. But at their July 25 meeting, they heard three separate zoning appeals in less than an hour.

Eugene Takacs was granted a dimensional variance to erect a 15-by-15 foot deck at his property at 1621 East Blvd. He is allowed 25 percent building coverage on his lot, but the deck puts him at 27 percent.

Carol White was also granted a dimensional variance for an 18 feet round pool in the back of her property at 1542 Valley Road. She will be 3 feet away from her side boundary instead of the required 6 feet. She explained that’s the only way the pool will fit. She testified that her pool is surrounded by fencing, but it will be inspected for safety.

Finally, 2 Brothers Realty Group was granted a special exception to substitute one nonconforming use at 821 Monocacy St. with another. This property is located within a limited commercial district. Principal Zeeshan Butt said that he’d like to convert an auto repair and auto body repair shop at that site to an auto sales and auto body repair shop. The repair shop will be open weekdays and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the auto sales continuing until 8 p.m. on weekdays. All vehicles being sold or repaired must be parked on the lot.

Suzanne Borzak is Bethlehem’s zoning officer. The appeals were heard by Bill Fitzpatrick, Jim Schantz, Terry Novatnak, carol Ritter and Lynn Rothman. Kevin Kelleher served as solicitor.