Resident seeks to operate service station at his home
A Lower Towamensing Township man wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.
David Christman, of 3224 Fireline Road, is scheduled to pitch his request to the township's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
At that time, Christman will attempt to gain a variance and/or special exception to operate the business as a home occupation.
In addition, Christman also seeks variances and/or special exceptions for outside storage, a sign, and operation of a home occupation from an accessory structure.
The property is located in a R-4, Medium Density Residential District.
The request was previously denied by township zoning officer Duane Dellecker.
In his rejection letter, dated Nov. 30, Dellecker said a section of the zoning ordinance "prohibits the storage of materials or products related to the home occupation from being stored outside of buildings."
But, Dellecker said the applicant's intent is that vehicles awaiting repair would be parked on the property for short periods of time.
Also as part of his letter, Dellecker said a section of the zoning ordinance "limits the size of an advertising sign to a maximum of 2-square-feet."
However, Dellecker said the applicant's letter of intent "indicates a 12-square-feet sign being proposed."
In addition, Dellecker states in his letter that a section of the zoning ordinance requires home occupation be incidental or secondary to the use of the property as a residence, and limits them to those occupations customarily conducted within a dwelling unit.
But, Dellecker said the applicant's letter of intent "indicates the main use of the property will continue to be residential. However, an auto service station is not considered to be a type of home occupation that is customarily conducted within a dwelling unit."
Lastly, Dellecker states in his letter that a section of the 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 said in his letter the applicant's letter of intent indicates he plans to conduct the home occupation out of his detached garage.