Resident can build chainlink fence
A Palmerton woman has been given consent to build a chainlink fence.
The borough's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Wednesday to grant a request for a variance application to Dorothy Amil to place the fence at 592 Mauch Chunk Road.
However, as part of their approval, the zoners attached a condition that the fence have a man gate on one of the two roadways, and must be a minimum of 36-inches wide.
Amil told the zoners she wanted the fence "so I can have a place for my child to play."
Resident AmyBeth Hollenbach, who lives at 590 Mauch Chunk Road, said she was concerned with visibility.
But, Amil assured her the fence she wants to build wouldn't hinder that.
"I don't have a yard; there's no where else to play," she said. "I just need somewhere for this child to have to play, ride his bike."
Zoner Michael Bloomfield said he had no problem with the fence, "as long as there is some sort of access that [emergency workers] can get through."
Hollenbach reiterated her stance and said "all I care about is that the cars can see over there."
The property is located in an R-2 (Medium Density Residential) zoning district. The request has previously been denied by borough zoning officer Duane Dellecker.
In his rejection letter, dated June 6, Dellecker states that the proposed fence will be six-feet-high in the rear yard of the property along the curbline at the side alley, and five-feet off the rear alley.
However, a section of the borough's zoning ordinance prohibits fences from violating the sight distance requirements of another section of the borough's zoning ordinance, Dellecker stated in his letter.
In addition, Dellecker stated in his letter that another section of the borough's zoning ordinance requires the site plan show a 30-foot sight triangle, measured from the street lot lines from their point of juncture.
"As the result of an on-site visit, this office determined that the fence, as proposed, will encroach the clear sight triangle," Dellecker said.
Additionally, Dellecker stated in his letter that another section of the borough's zoning ordinance prohibits any structure over two-feet in height in the required sight triangle.