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Somerton Civic OKs neighbors’ zoning requests

The Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation last week gave its ap­prov­al to two zon­ing vari­ances sought by neigh­bor­hood homeown­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to SCA zon­ing chair­man Seth Ka­plan, the civic group on Dec. 13 voted un­an­im­ously to con­sent to a wo­man’s re­quest to op­er­ate a small bak­ing busi­ness in her home on the 300 block of Bux­mont Ave.

That’s a no-out­let street in­ter­sect­ing Over­hill Av­en­ue mere yards from the Mont­gomery County bor­der.

The wo­man is a single, stay-at-home mom who hopes to make some ex­tra in­come bak­ing for fam­ily and friends, Ka­plan said. She doesn’t in­tend to re­ceive or send com­mer­cial de­liv­er­ies from the house. There will be no on-site sales.

The civic as­so­ci­ation’s vote of sup­port was con­di­tion­al upon a deed re­stric­tion that the vari­ance would be voided were the wo­man to sell her house and that she agree not to en­gage in com­mer­cial de­liv­er­ies or pickups at the house.

In a sep­ar­ate zon­ing is­sue, the civic group voted 26-1 to al­low the own­er of a home on the 11900 block of Ferndale St. to build a 6-foot by 16-foot side ad­di­tion, in­ten­ded for use as a shed.

The pro­posed ad­di­tion would vi­ol­ate the zon­ing code’s min­im­um side-yard width.

In a com­mer­cial zon­ing is­sue, the civic group’s ex­ec­ut­ive board ap­proved an ap­plic­a­tion by the Sun­oco gas sta­tion and con­veni­ence store at Roosevelt Boulevard and Hal­de­man Av­en­ue for a per­mit to sell hot dogs and oth­er pre­pared foods. The SCA’s gen­er­al mem­ber­ship sus­tained the ex­ec­ut­ive board de­cision.

The next Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing will be on Tues­day, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Walk­er Lodge 306, 1290 Southamp­ton Road. ••

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