Zoning exception places conditions on tennis instruction

August 05, 1994|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer

With the help of most of his neighbors, Robert Anderman should be able to bounce back to teaching tennis in the front yard of his Glenwood home -- but within strict limits.

Mr. Anderman, whose front-yard tennis court was allowed by county zoning regulations but annoying to his neighbors across the street, was hit with a zoning violation when his neighbors determined that he was teaching tennis on the court.

But earlier this week, Mr. Anderman won a unanimous Board of Appeals vote to grant him a special zoning exception for tennis instruction with 13 conditions. The conditions included no teaching on weekends, early mornings, evenings or at lunch time.

And no teaching by anyone other than the property owner.

Mr. Anderman said he wanted to see a signed Board of Appeals decision -- which could take several weeks to complete -- before commenting on the conditions.

He said it was unfortunate that he had to go through the expense oftaking his case to the board and hiring a lawyer.

"It's a shame that this county doesn't have an ombudsman and that piddly little issues like this can't be resolved without having to take official county time and spend lots of money," Mr. Anderman said.

His protesting neighbors declined to comment and referred inquiries to their attorney, Thomas Meachum, who could not be reached yesterday.

Two neighbors testified at a July 12 hearing that the fenced-in tennis court generated noise, traffic and parking problems in the tiny Roxmill Court subdivision.

Most of Mr. Anderman's neighbors showed up at a July 12 hearing to support his petition, saying his tennis teaching was an asset to the community and not a disturbance. The 5-0 Board of Appeals vote to allow the special exception on Mr. Anderman's 3-acre homesite off Route 97 tightly restricts tennis instruction.

Besides limiting the hours -- from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays between May and October -- the board prohibited organized competition, street or driveway parking and instruction by anyone other than the property owner.

The board's legal adviser questioned whether the board had the authority to impose the owner-only restriction. But board members decided that the issue could be resolved if the case is appealed in Circuit Court.

Mr. Anderman said he will not decide whether to appeal until the decision is signed.

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