Zoners to rule on group child care center
A request to operate a group child care center is among two cases set to be heard in Lower Towamensing Township.
Heather Pasquariello will again go before the township's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Thursday for a request to operate a group child care center as a home occupation at 2605 Hahn's Dairy Road, which is located in an R-3 (Residential/Medium Density) Zoning District.
Pasquariello is in search of 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.
She appeared before the zoners earlier this month, but that matter never went to a hearing because the property owners were not properly notified, which resulted in a continuation.
Township Zoning Officer Duane 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.
Also on Thursday, zoners will hear a request from a man who wants to erect a garage on his property.
David Christman, of 2065 Walnut Drive, Palmerton, wants to build the garage on his property, which is situated in an R-C (Rural Conservation) zoning district.
Christman plans to build a 24-by-32-foot garage. The size of the completed structure would be 768 square feet. The garage itself is proposed to be 2-feet from the side property line.
In his rejection letter, dated May 8, Dellecker states that a section of the township's zoning ordinance requires a 10-foot side yard setback. The application, as submitted, indicates a setback of only 2-feet, Dellecker said in his letter.