The Court of Common Pleas in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has ruled that a local zoning board is wrong for telling a man he cannot maintain his upgraded garage on his property in Indian Lake.
The disputed decision by a Philadelphia zoning board to turn the site of a historic home into a luxury condominium tower has been overturned by a Pennsylvania appellate court, sending the issue back for further local review. The case is indicative of the hoops that people have to jump through to develop their own property.
A Pennsylvania appellate court has upheld a lower court's ruling that agreed with a zoning board's decision, blocking a developer from building a residential unit for parolees and pre-release inmates. Zoning regulations can be restrictive, and some people can use them to stop a development that they don't want to happen.
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a lower court's ruling, denying a property owner's request for rezoning to add a fourth floor and a roof deck to his Philadelphia property.
The city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has been the center of a contentious dispute involving the local zoning board. A local developer wishes to build a drug and alcohol treatment facility near a private school, and has met strident opposition. Critics of this effort say it's inappropriate to build a treatment center near a place where there are so many children. However, proponents of the facility received the support of former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, who is a recovering alcoholic himself.
Four years ago, Philadelphia voters approved a measure that would require city officials to update and rewrite the city's decades-old zoning code. A Zoning Code Commission was created with that approval and began to combine and rework the outdated zoning regulations and amendments.
More than 100 neighborhood residents crowded a zoning board meeting in Holmesburg to rally against a commercial zoning permit for a methadone clinic. The permit issued to The Healing Way allows for a medical clinic, not a place where addicts seek treatment, said protestors.
An attorney recently appeared before a hearing of the Philadelphia Zoning Hearing Board to ask for two variances for the planned Haverford YMCA. The YMCA wants to place large signs on the structure that it is currently constructing and dig deeper into the steep slopes of the Eagle Road property.