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Palmerton man seeks to add another apartment to home

Published May 30. 2013 05:01PM

A Palmerton man will seek permission to add another apartment to his existing structure.

William Parsons, of 744-748 Mauch Chunk Road, will go before the borough's Zoning Hearing Board tonight at 7 p.m. in search of use and area variances necessary to make the conversion.

At that time, Parsons will seek permission to change the use of the property from one three-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartment to three one-bedroom apartments, which would result in one additional apartment.

Parsons is in search of use and area variances under Sections 307.A of the borough zoning ordinance, as well as the reconsideration of a previous decision by the zoners.

In his rejection letter, dated April 26, borough zoning officer Duane Dellecker states that the property, listed as 744 Mauch Chunk Road on the application, is listed as 748 and 750 Mauch Chunk Road on the Palmerton Borough Tax Maps.

The property, located at 748 and 750 Mauch Chunk Road, is in an R-2 (Residential-Medium Density) zoning district, Dellecker stated in his letter.

Dellecker noted that in April of 2006, zoners approved adding two apartments to this property with conditions outlined therein.

Any proposal to modify the decision of the board must be presented before the board, he stated in his letter.

Dellecker stated that Section 307.A of the borough zoning ordinance requires a minimum average of 4,000 square-foot of lot area per dwelling unit for apartment uses in an R-2 zoning district.

"The application, as submitted, did not indicate the existing lot size to allow this office the opportunity to adequately evaluate compliance with this requirement," said Dellecker, who added that the request from 2006 indicates two parcels of land, each measuring 30-feet in width and 132-feet in depth, for a total lot area of 7,920 square feet. "This makes the existing lot incapable of meeting the requirement of 4,000 square feet of lot area per apartment for the existing apartment units."

Dellecker added "as a result, a variance would also be required from Section 307.A of the zoning ordinance in order to add another apartment unit to this property."

In addition, Dellecker stated in his letter that Section 601.A of the zoning ordinance addresses off-street parking. The regulations require two off-street parking spaces for each dwelling unit, and only one off-street parking space per conversion apartment that only includes one bedroom, or is an efficiency unit.

"Converting the existing three-bedroom apartment to two one-bedroom apartments would require the same amount of off-street parking," he said. "As a result, off-street parking is not a consideration of this office for this application."

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