Planning & Zoning



Notice is hereby given that the ZONING HEARING BOARD will have a meeting in Town Hall, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA, on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 7:00 PM, for the purpose of hearing the following appeals.


1. 238 W. Goepp Street
900 Silk Mill Road
Appeal of Silk Mill Realty, LLC for dimensional variances pertaining to first: the construction of the 21 condominiums, and second: the off-street parking for the condominiums and apartments. (Required side and rear yard setbacks for the northern five-unit condominium building – 15’, proposed – 13’ side yard and 10’ rear yard. Required minimum width of aisle for 90? parking and one-way traffic – 20’, proposed – 16’. Required separation between parking area and property line – 10’, proposed – 5’. Required separation between the building and the parking and drive aisles – 15’, proposed 4’ to 15’, Exceeding the 40 vehicle parking area without the 6’ wide planting strip, proposed – no planting strip for 99 spaces. Articles 1308.02.b, 1307.02.b refers to 1322.04.f, 1318.01, 1319.03.a.3, 1319.03.f, 1322.04.f.5.I, 1322.f.5.II, 1322.04.f.7.II, 1325.06)
Record Lot – 3.21 acres RM/RT Residential Zoning Districts

2. 339 Broadway
Appeal of Sergio DeLahoz for a special exception to add a “check cashing business” to an existing travel business. (Articles 1311.02.b.6, 1302.23, 1318.34, 1325.07)
Record Lot – 15’ x 103’ irregular CG – Commercial Zoning District

3. 609 Melrose Avenue
Appeal of Jean-Pierre LaLande for dimensional variance to exceed the allowable building coverage by 300 square feet to construct a 24’ x24’ detached garage. (Allowable building coverage – 25%, proposed – 28.4%. Articles 1305.03, 1318.01, Table A-1, 1325.06)
Record Lot – .1997 acres RS – Residential Zoning District

4. 435 Pembroke Road
Appeal of Lawrence Wernett for a special exception and dimensional variances from the rear yard setback and allowable expansion to expand a lawful non-conforming auto repair business. A use variance is required for the expansion over 50%, totaling 570 square feet. (Existing building – 1,260 square feet; allowable expansion – 50% or 630 square feet totaling 1,890 square feet; Proposed – 95.2% or 1,200 square feet totaling 2,460 square feet. Required rear setback – 20’, proposed – 5.5’. Articles 1307.02.a, 1323.04, 1318.01, 1318.17, 1325.06, 1325.07)
Record Lot – .3379 acre RT – Residential Zoning District

5. 127 E. Broad Street
Appeal of Digma Collazo for a special exception to operate a day care center on the property. (Articles 1311.02.c.3, 1325.07)
Record Lot – 60’ x 190.93’ CG – Commercial Zoning District

6. Silvex Road
Appeal of JDM Materials Company for a special exception to operate a portable concrete plant on the property. (Articles 1316.02.c.1, 1325.07)
Record Lot – 5 acres LI – Light Industrial 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.