A busy night appears to be on tap for the Palmerton Borough Zoning Hearing Board when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.
On the docket is a pair of hearings: one for an addition to the Palmerton Hungarian Club, and the other, to allow a home occupation.
The Palmerton Hungarian Club wishes to construct an addition to the front of their building, located at 317 Lehigh Avenue, to be used for storage, and will seek variances related to the front-yard and side-yard setbacks, as well as building coverage regulations.
But, the borough zoning ordinance requires a front-yard setback of 37.5-feet from the curb, and a side-yard setback of 8-feet. The applicant has proposed to construct the addition 13-feet from the curb and 0-feet from the side yard.
Also, the zoning ordinance limits the amount of building coverage of a lot in the R-3 (Residential/ Light Commercial) zoning district to 60-percent.
In his rejection letter, dated April 5, borough zoning officer Duane Dellecker said the sketch plans submitted "did not indicate the existing lot size to allow this office the opportunity to adequately evaluate compliance with this requirement."
The second hearing will see Lisa Nemeth attempt to obtain a variance to allow a moderate-scale home occupation at her residence, located at 821 First Street
Nemeth wants to establish a Tax Preparation Office as a home occupation, with up to four clients per hour and up to two additional employees during tax season at her property, located in an R-2 (Medium Density Residential) district.
In his rejection letter, dated April 19, Dellecker said a section of the borough's zoning ordinance lists small scale Professional Offices and Services as a Special Exception use, which requires action of the zoners and moderate scale office or service as not permitted.
In addition, Dellecker said a section of the zoning ordinance allows up to two persons working on-site, and no nonresidential involved in the operation as a small scale home occupation, while another section of the zoning ordinance allows up to a total of three people involved in the operation as a moderate scale home occupation.
Also, Dellecker said a section of the zoning ordinance allows up to two visiting customers, or clients, per hour for small scale home occupations, while another section of the zoning ordinance allows up to six customers, or clients, per hour.
But, Nemeth's letter of intent indicates up to three persons involved in the operation, and up to four customers or clients per hour, Dellecker said. As a result, he said it appears as though Nemeth's request falls into a moderate scale home occupation, which isn't permitted.