Ligonier Township Zoning Hearing Board delays decision on variance request
The Ligonier Township Zoning Hearing Board will wait until next month's meeting to make a formal decision on Mary Hoza-Dorazio's variance application.
Dorazio, who resides at 1044 Gravel Hill Road, wants to add on an addition to the rear of her house in order to create a bedroom for her son who plans to live with her.
The township's zoning ordinance restricts lot coverage to 25 percent, but Dorazio did not know the exact dimensions of her home, which would be used to determine how much her current structure covers the lot and how much the addition would cover. The board said the dimensions are necessary to determine if the plan violates the ordinance.
Jim Silvis of O'Connell and Silvis law firm in Greensburg represented Joanne Wilkins, who lives next to Dorazio. He questioned Dorazio as to why her attached one-car garage could not be used as another bedroom.
Dorazio said it could not function as a third bedroom because her dogs live in it and the furnace and hot water tank are in it.
Zoning Officer Cynthia Angelo said it would be difficult to convert the accessory structure into living quarters because it would call for a special exception approval and an expansion of the septic and water systems.
Jeffrey Wilkins, son of Joanne Wilkins, asked the board to uphold the existing ordinance, consider Dorazio's existing coverage percentage and consult with emergency personnel to see if the addition would interfere with emergency vehicle traffic.
Dorazio's survey of the property conflicted with the survey presented by the Wilkins party.
Solicitor Mark Sorice informed Dorazio that she could have her property resurveyed and advised her to seek a lawyer.
Silvis will present his party's argument and comments at the next meeting.
Nicole Chynoweth is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.