Zoning panel avoids action on deck variance

August 31, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The Taneytown Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted last night not to make a recommendation to the town's Board of Zoning Appeals on a variance for a deck that was built without regard to the city's setback regulations.

The Commission decided not to get involved in the issue, which stems from an administrative error in the city office.

"A deck slipped through the cracks," Laverne E. Smith, the town code enforcement officer, told commission members. "It went right by us, somehow.

"In order to straighten out the mess, it has to go to the Board of Appeals," Mr. Smith said."

The original plans for the house -- at Roth Avenue and Tuscarora Trail -- called for it to be facing Roth Avenue. In that position, the builder would have had no problem meeting the city setback requirement of 25 feet from the property line when the deck was built later.

But the owner, David Bubel had asked the builder that the house be turned to face Tuscarora Trail to accommodate a garage. When the house was turned, the rear yard space was eliminated.

The mayor and city council will have a chance to comment on the situation at the monthly council meeting Sept 13. The Board of Zoning Appeals will decide the fate of the deck Sept. 15.

The commission also voted last night to endorse Taneytown Shopping Center's request to add more panels to its advertising sign. The panels would make the sign higher than the city's 85-foot limit.

In other business, Mr. Smith was selected as the commission's new recording secretary. Former City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. filled that role prior to his being fired Aug. 9.

The commission set a tentative date of Oct. 19 for a joint meeting with the city council at the Bowling Brook bed and breakfast inn in Middleburg to hear a county planning representative talk about the adequate facilities law.

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