A request by a Lower Towamensing Township woman to operate a group child care center as a home occupation has been continued.
Heather Pasquariello appeared before the township's zoning hearing board Tuesday in search of a variance/special exception to conduct the occupation at 2605 Hahn's Dairy Road.
The property where Pasquariello wants to locate the group child care center is in an R-3 (Residential/Medium Density) Zoning District.
But, the matter never went to a hearing because the property owners were not properly notified, according to township zoning officer Duane Dellecker. As a result, the hearing has been continued until 7 p.m. June 28.
Pasquariello hopes to obtain variances to permit storage related to the home occupation outside buildings; to permit the display of products related to the home occupation from being visible from adjoining properties or streets; to permit noise from being perceptible at or beyond the lot boundaries; and a special exception to conduct parts of a home occupation outside of a dwelling unit.
Dellecker had previously denied the request because a section of the township's zoning ordinance prohibits the storage of materials or products related to the home occupation from being stored outside of buildings.
Pasquariello previously indicated in her letter of intent that outdoor toys would be stored in a fenced in area on the property, Dellecker said. However, a section of the township's zoning ordinance prohibits the display of products related to the home occupation from being visible from adjoining properties or streets.
Pasquariello also indicated in her letter of intent that outdoor play equipment is requested to be "displayed" and stored in the fenced in area, but Dellecker said it was his opinion that outdoor toys would not qualify as a "product" related to the home occupation.
Another section of the township's zoning ordinance prohibits noise and dust, among other things, from being perceptible at or beyond the lot boundaries. Due to the nature of a group child day care business and Pasquariello's letter of intent, concern exists regarding noise perceptible at or beyond the lot boundaries, Dellecker said.
Finally, another section of the township's zoning ordinance requires a home occupation to be conducted within a dwelling unit, provided that by special exception of the zoning hearing board may permit the home occupation subject to such controls they deem necessary. However, Dellecker noted that Pasquariello's letter of intent indicates that she plans to conduct parts of this home occupation out of a 4,400-square-foot fenced in yard area.
In a separate case on Tuesday, a township resident was given permission to install a new dwelling on his property.
The zoners unanimously granted Merritt Berger a variance from the required front setback in an R-C (Rural Conservation) Zoning District in order to build the new dwelling unit at 140 Douglas Lane in Kunkletown.
That request was also originally denied by Dellecker, who previously stated that the property is split between an R-C and C-1 (Mixed Commercial/residential) zoning district and is comprised of .797 acres of land.
Dellecker previously stated that a section of the township's zoning ordinance requires a 40-foot front yard setback in an R-C zoning district, but that the request indicated setbacks of 30-feet.