Board Denies Request To Maintain Two-family Dwelling

April 25, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Planning Board has unanimously denied the request of an Elkridge man to maintain his former Fulton home as a two-family dwelling.

Such a use was permitted as long as Richard Boulay lived in one of the units, but required Planning Board approval when he moved out and rented the house to another family.

The 5-0 decision Wednesday night delighted neighbors who argued the two-family structure does not fit with the rest of the one-family homes in the neighborhood.

"I am adamantly against the use of the property as something other than a single-family residential home," said neighbor Tammy Hnarakis.

The house is on a 5.3-acre site in the 12000 block of Lime Kiln Road in Fulton. Boulay said he built the 4,680-square-foot home and a 640-square-foot apartment on its east side in 1981 for his wife and four children. A daughter had been living in the apartment for a few years before moving to Elkridge last September, Boulay said.

After his wife died several years ago and his children moved out, Boulay said he could no longer take care of the house.

"The property kept deteriorating because there was too much property and too much house for me to maintain," Boulay said of the reason he left.

Boulay leased the house to Ken and Ann Larsen, who live in the house while Larsen's daughter and her family live in the apartment.

Boulay said the Larsens have signed a three-year lease with an option to buy.

County inspectors told Boulay he would have to file for a special exception because housing codes permit a single-family dwelling to have an apartment only as long as the owner lives in one unit.

"I feel that if the special exception is granted, excessive automobiles on the lot would be aesthetically displeasing," Hnarakis said, testifying against the request. "That could affect property values, and that's why I'm here."

Board members said they denied the special exception because they feared that it would allow another owner to lease the house to two more families.

"If they decide to sell, it's two families there again," said Theodore F. Mariani, who chairs the board. "That's what bothers me."

Boulay, who said he was "dissatisfied" with the decision, plans to talk to county officials to see what other avenues are open to him.

"The house has always existed with the apartment," Boulay said. "There's no change with the usage, and everything meets the requirements. There should be no question about this."

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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