Planning & Zoning



Notice is hereby given that the ZONING HEARING BOARD will meet in Town Hall
10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA, on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 7:00 PM, for the purpose of hearing the following appeals.


1. 41 E. Market Street
Appeal of Christopher Fowler for a dimensional variance to erect a fence higher than seven feet (7’) from grade within the side yard setback. (Maximum height allowed: 7’; proposed: 9’6”. Articles 1307.03, 1318.01, Table A-2, 1318.16, 1318.14 & 1325.06).
Record Lot – 60’ x 233’ RT – Residential Zoning District

2. S.E. corner of E. 9th Street & Williams Street
Appeal of Habitat for Humanity for a Use Variance and dimensional variances from the table of area yard and building regulations, and the traffic visibility across corners where a driveway meets a street, to create a two lot subdivision and construct a single family semi-detached dwelling on each lot. (Permitted use: single family detached dwelling; proposed use: single family semi-detached dwelling.) Required minimum lot area per dwelling unit with slopes greater than 35% - 10 acres; proposed lot area: Lot 1 = 5,403 square feet, Lot 2 = 4,560 square feet; maximum allowable impervious coverage: 5%, proposed: Lot 1 = 17.1%, Lot 2 = 20.3%; Required front yard setback-35’, proposed-0’; Required traffic sight visibility for a driveway intersecting a street – 8’; proposed: 0’; Required minimum side yard setback: 15’; proposed: 0’. (Articles 1304.02.a, 1304.03, 1318.06.b, 1318.29.c, 1325.06 & Table A-1.)
Record Lot – 0.2617 Acres RR – Residential Zoning District

3. 1411 E. Ninth Street (NE Corner of E. 9th and William Street)
Appeal of Habitat for Humanity for a use variance and dimensional variances from the traffic visibility across corners, the table f area, yard and building regulations, and the steep slope requirements to create a 6 lot subdivision and construct 6 single family attached dwellings.
(Permitted use: single family detached dwellings, proposed use: row homes) Required sight triangle distance across the intersection corner – 25’, proposed – 10’; Required minimum lot area per dwelling unit with slopes greater than 35% -- 10 acres, proposed – Lot A – 3,500 square feet, lots B,C,D,E – 2,000 square feet, lot F – 5,930 square feet; Maximum allowable building coverage – 15%, proposed – lot A – 20.6%, lots B,C,D,E – 36%; Maximum allowable impervious coverage – 5%, proposed – lot A – 47%, lots B,C,D,E – 67%, lot F – 22.7%; Required front yard setback – 35’, proposed – lots A,B,C,D,E,F – 0’; Required side yard setback for one side – 15’, proposed lots A,B,C,D,E,F – 0’. (Articles 1304.02.a., 1318.01, Table A-1,; 1318.06.a., 1318.07, 1318.29.c, 1325.06)
Record Lot – .3595 acres RR – Residential Zoning District

4. 518 Seneca Street
Appeal of Rhonda Dennis Jay for a dimensional variance from the front yard set back to install an above ground swimming pool. (Required setback: 25’, proposed: 10’6”; Articles 1306.03, 1318.01, 1318.07, 1318.31, Table A-1, 1325.06)
Record Lot – 90’ x 110’ RG – Residential Zoning District

5. 1125 - 1127 Maple Street
Appeal of Michael J. Young for an interpretation that the previous non-conforming use (beauty salon) has not been abandoned. The applicant, if correct, requests a special exception to change a lawful, non-conforming use to a dwelling (apartment). (Articles 1323.07, 1325.07)

In the alternative, if the Board determines an abandonment under article 1323.06, the applicant requests dimensional variances from the table of area, yard and building requirements to convert a lawful, non-conforming 2 unit apartment building to a multi-family (3 unit) dwelling, and a variance from the off-street parking requirement. (Required development area – 6,000 square feet, proposed – 3,500 square feet; required lot area per dwelling unit – 2,000 square feet, proposed -- 1,166 square feet; Required side yard setback/one side – 20’, proposed – approximately 5’; Maximum building coverage allowed -- 40%, proposed -60 %: required parking spaces-6 spaces, proposed-4)
(Articles 1308.02.a, 1308.03, Table A-2, 1318.01, 1319.01.a, 1325.06)
Record Lot – 35’ x 100’ RM – Residential Zoning District

All persons interested or those desiring to protest against the allowance thereof may appear and be heard. Plans for the above appeals are on file for public inspection in the Zoning Office, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania during regular business hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays.