Glen Burnie

September 02, 1993

Family fights zoning exception denial

Members of a Glen Burnie family are appealing a decision barring them from building an apartment on the back of their home because their lot is too small.

The problem is that Joseph and Arlene Dipiazza of Glen Oak Road built the apartment -- without permits -- nearly 15 years ago.

The problem came to light when Mr. Dipiazza sought to refinance his home and the bank questioned its use as a multifamily dwelling, county records show.

Administrative Hearing Officer Robert Wilcox denied the Dipiazzas' request July 13 for a zoning exception to allow the apartment in an area designated for single-family homes. Zoning law requires a lot be at least 14,000 square feet for an exception to be granted; the Dipiazzas' lot is only 9,000 square feet.

Mr. Wilcox said he saw no need to waive the zoning rules because the Dipiazzas still can use the property as a single-family home.

The county Board of Appeals is to consider their request at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 in the County Council chambers of the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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