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Commissioners Oppose Land Owner’s Steel Structure

SANATOGA PA – A proposal by a Lower Pottsgrove resident to build a steel-framed office, garage and storage area on property near his home is scheduled to receive a thumbs-down from the township Board of Commissioners if it proceeds to a zoning hearing.

 Commissioners Oppose Land Owner's Steel Structure

Google map shows the proposed location at 1377 Hilltop Rd.

The Lower Pottsgrove Zoning Hearing Board as of Jan. 13 was scheduled tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014) to hear a request for variances from property owner Kyle Laverty, 1377 Hilltop Rd. to build the structure. He needs waivers from the board regarding front- and side-yard setbacks, lot size, allowable building square footage, and the ability to operate a home-based business, all within an R-2 residential zone.

Commissioners officially voiced discontent with the plan during their meeting Thursday (Jan. 23), and asked Manager Ed Wagner to let zoners know they opposed the project. Their comments are offered only in an advisory capacity; the hearing board, a legal entity, is not required to abide by them.

It could not be determined early this morning that the Laverty hearing was still on the zoning hearing agenda.

Commissioners said they had heard from several nearby property owners unhappy with some or all aspects of the project. Commissioners’ Vice President Stephen Klotz took a look at a diagram of the proposal on the board’s conference table and said, “Yeah, this is bad.”

After the commissioners’ vote, Solicitor Robert Brant suggested Wagner also contact Laverty. “The least we can do is give him a heads-up,” Brant said.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 23 meeting):

Image from Google Maps

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