A carport can, in fact, be built over an existing driveway in front of a Palmerton man's home.

That ruling came after the borough's zoning hearing board unanimously agreed on Wednesday to grant a variance to Charles Pammer, of 819 Edgemont Avenue.

Pammer told the board he and his wife are getting older, and that the carport would help make things easier when it comes to shoveling snow off their car.

There was no opposition from the public, as no one other than the applicant and his wife attended the hearing.

After a brief recess, zoners agreed to grant Pammer the variance as applied for without any conditions attached.

Pammer plans to construct the carport over his existing driveway in the front of his dwelling, and requested a 4-foot, 8-inch setback from the front yard.

In his rejection letter, dated Oct. 30, borough zoning officer Duane Dellecker noted that the property is located in an R-2 (Medium Density Residential) zoning district.

Dellecker wrote in his letter that Pammer has proposed to erect a 14-foot-by-18-foot, 9-inch carport to convert his existing driveway in front of his dwelling unit 4-foot, 8-inches from the front curb line along his property.

However, Dellecker said the zoning ordinance requires a front yard setback of 25-feet for any new structure in this zoning district.

Dellecker said the zoning ordinance requires setbacks be measured from the right-of-way of the street. Edgemont Avenue has a paved width of 30-feet, and a right-of-way width of 40-feet, he said.

In addition, Dellecker said that the right-of-way of Edgemont Avenue extends 5-feet in from the curb line on each side of the street.

The ordinance says, "In no case shall an accessory building be located less than 5 feet from the right-of-way of a common or public alley, nor less than 10 feet from the right-of-way of a street, Dellecker said. That means the ordinance requires an accessory building, such as a carport, be at least 10 feet from the right-of-way line of Edgemont Avenue, he said.