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Zoning issues keep Bustleton on the move

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Mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League voted on sev­er­al zon­ing mat­ters dur­ing their Feb. 22 ses­sion, back­ing some zon­ing vari­ance ap­plic­ants while snub­bing oth­ers.

An over­sized shed on the 9900 block of Hal­de­man Ave. was OK’d, as was an open-air park­ing space on the 9600 block of Birwood St. Neither is al­lowed by city code, so ap­prov­al by the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment is needed. Civic group mem­bers voted to in­form the zon­ers they would not op­pose vari­ances on those prop­er­ties.

Al­though many neigh­bors had no ob­jec­tion to a fence on the 9300 block of Voits Place that was high­er than per­mit­ted by code, league mem­bers voted to op­pose it.

A pro­pos­al to split a prop­erty on the 9700 of Bustleton Ave. in­to com­mer­cial and res­id­en­tial lots was not sup­por­ted either. An over­sized shed on the 800 block of Pine Hill Ave. also was shot down, said the league’s pres­id­ent, John McK­eever.

After a lot of dis­cus­sion, mem­bers did not form­ally vote on a pro­pos­al to make the two ad­dresses that make up Randi’s res­taur­ant in­to one ad­dress and to al­low pi­ano play­ing, but they did vote to sup­port it if the lease on the Grant Av­en­ue eat­ery would lim­it any zon­ing changes to the cur­rent op­er­at­ors.

Neigh­bors of the First Ukrain­i­an Evan­gel­ic­al Church on the 9600 block of Krewstown Road ob­jec­ted to plans for con­struct­ing of­fices and a mu­sic room as well as oth­er im­prove­ments, McK­eever said. However, league mem­bers heard the church’s present­a­tion and neigh­bors’ ob­jec­tions without vot­ing.

The prop­erty changes the church wants to make are not per­mit­ted be­cause the land is in a res­id­en­tial zone. A vari­ance is needed. League mem­bers will vote on the pro­pos­al at a later date. ••

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