NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD

MUNICIPAL BUILDING - 100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE

NEWTOWN, PA 18940

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2001

7:30 PM


APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF AUGUST 2, 2001: Mr. Ragan moved to approve the minutes of August 2, 2001, as amended. Mr. Carver seconded. The motion passed 4-0, with Mr. Lionetti abstaining.


The Newtown Township Zoning Board met on Thursday, August 2, 2001 in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Thomas Ragan, Vice-Chairman; John Lenihan, Secretary, Franklin Carver, member. Also in attendance were James J. Auchinleck, Jr., Esq., Solicitor and Thomas Harwood, Zoning Officer.

CALL TO ORDER:  

Thomas called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM Ragan.

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

THE AGENDA WAS REVIEWED:  

Approval of Minutes

June 7 and July 5, 2001

Continued Application of Paul Allen/Peppleman Tract 

Application of Bob and Carol Huffman

Application of Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Saphos

Application of Robin Seasock

Application of Mr. & Mrs. Boris Kryss

Adjournment

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  

Mr. Ragan suggested that the minutes be reviewed at the end of the meeting.

CONTINUED APPLICATION OF PAUL ALLEN/PEPPLEMAN TRACT (485-01):

Mr. Auchinleck advised the Board that there had been a change in the application in this matter, and that it would be re-advertised for the September 6, 2001 meeting. He also stated that Michael Sellers and Mark Rickles wish to be parties to the application.

APPLICATION OF ROBIN SEASOCK (500-01)

Mr. Lenihan read into the record the application of Robin Seasock of 9 Providence Court for relief from Newtown Meadow's final plan for an increase in maximum allowable impervious surface ratio of 3.17%.

Mr. Ragan inquired if anyone else wished to be a party to the application. There was no response.

Mrs. Robin Seasock and Mr. Roger Seasock were sworn in.

Mrs. Seasock stated that she wished to add a patio to the rear yard and a small patio and walkway to her front yard. She explained that the front patio and walkway is not significantly larger than the existing walkway. The increased impervious surface is on the rear yard patio.

Mr. Lenihan asked if the rear patio would be right outside the two back doors of the house.

Mr. Seasock explained that there would be a walkway from each door to the patio.

Mr. Auchinleck asked what is to the rear of the property.

Mr. Lenihan stated that he had visited the site and that there was open space and that no home was directly behind the Seasock house.

Mr. Auchinleck asked where the nearest detention basin is located.

Mr. Seasock stated that there is a detention basin across Providence Court, and another one to the side of his home, beyond the preserved barn.

Mr. Harwood, the Zoning Officer, had no comment in this matter.

Mr. Lenihan moved to approve the application for relief for a 32.17% impervious surface ratio, an increase of 3.17%. Mr. Carver seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 

APPLICATION OF BOB AND CAROL HUFFMAN

Mr. Lenihan read into the record the application of Bob and Carol Huffman of 476 S. Norwood Avenue for relief from Ordinance Section 1000(E)(3)(b)(2) for a minimum side yard setback of 11 feet, a 4 foot relief.

Mr. Ragan inquired if anyone else wished to be a party to the application. There was no response.

Mr. Auchinleck recused himself in this matter as the Huffmans are clients of his firm.

Mr. Bob Huffman and Mrs. Carol Huffman were sworn in.

Mr. Huffman explained that his rear yard is shallow and slopes upward. He would like to add a deck that would extend to the side rather than the rear of his property. The deck would be 11 feet from his neighbor's fence.

Mr. Ragan pointed out that there is a discrepancy between the application and the formal plan. The application calls for a reduction in the minimum side yard setback of 2 feet, and the formal plan shows a reduction of 4 feet.

Mr. Harwood looked over the plans and applications and stated that the actual relief sought is 4 feet, giving a side yard setback of 11 feet.

Mr. Huffman said that the bricks Mr. Lenihan saw on his site inspection would be removed and that the deck would be pervious. He intends to put black vegetable netting under the deck to keep down weed growth.

Mr. Harwood stated that as long as the netting allowed water to seep through for drainage it would be acceptable.

Mr. Carver moved to approve the application for relief of 4 feet from the minimum side yard setback of 15 feet, as advertised. Mr. Lenihan seconded and it passed unanimously.

APPLICATION OF MR. AND MRS. ALEXANDER SAPHOS (502-01)

Mr. Lenihan read into the record the application of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Saphos of 5 Poppy Court for relief of Ordinance section 1000(E)(3)(b)(2) for a minimum rear yard setback of 7 feet on the west side and 5 feet on the east side.

Mr. Ragan inquired if anyone else wished to be a party to this application. There was no response. Mr. Alexander Saphos and Mrs. Diane Saphos were sworn in.

Mr. Saphos stated that his house was set so that he had a very small rear yard. With the current setback requirements there is no room for any kind of patio.

Mr. Ragan and Mr. Lenihan visited the site and agreed that the rear was very shallow, that the bulk of the property was to the front and side of the house.

Mrs. Saphos stated that the patio would be paver blocks and the partial wall would be 18 inches high, but would not completely surround the patio.

Mr. Lenihan said that he did not think run-off of rainwater would be a problem as there is a swale. The rainwater runs out to the curb on Snowdrop Court. Mr. Lenihan also observed that the rear yard neighbor has a 5 foot fence, and that privacy is not an issue.

Mr. Lenihan made a motion to approve the application for an 8 foot rear yard setback. Mr. Carver seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

APPLICATION OF MR. AND MRS. BORIS KRYSS (503-01)

Mr. Lenihan read into the record the application of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Kryss of 35 Sibelius Road for relief of Eagle Glenn's Final Plan for a 22.6% impervious surface ratio.

Mr. and Mrs. Kryss did not appear.

Mr. Auchinleck said that perhaps the applicant did not understand that he must appear before the board. He will telephone Mr. and Mrs. Kryss and inform them that their application has been continued.

Mr. Ragan moved to continue the application to September 6, 2001. Mr. Lenihan seconded and it passed unanimously.

REVIEW OF THE MINUTES

In the minutes of June 7, 2001, page 4, third paragraph from the bottom should read "...could move the addition over 3ft., which would NOT required a variance"

Mr. Ragan moved to approve the minutes as amended. Mr. Lenihan seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

In the minutes of July 19, page 6, in the italicized motion, the parking space size should read 9X20 feet.

Mr. Lenihan moved to approve the minutes as amended. Mr. Carver seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Lenihan moved to adjourn at 8:15PM. Mr. Carver seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted, 

 

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Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary