Bustleton votes on zoning

Mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League on March 27 voted to sup­port one zon­ing vari­ance re­quest, but shot down an­oth­er.

They over­whelm­ingly re­fused to sup­port a vari­ance ap­plic­a­tion to put a used-car sales of­fice and lot  at 9900 Bustleton Ave. Res­id­ents of nearby condo as­so­ci­ations sent let­ters de­noun­cing the pro­posed use. A vari­ance is needed be­cause the prop­erty’s zon­ing does not per­mit car sales. Sev­er­al mem­bers told at­tor­ney Shawn Ward, who presen­ted the pro­pos­al, that they feared traffic prob­lems from the plan.

The city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment will make the fi­nal de­cision, but the pan­el does want to know the com­munity’s opin­ions of vari­ance ap­plic­a­tions.

The zon­ing board will hear pos­it­ive things about an­oth­er vari­ance Ward presen­ted the same night. Mem­bers sup­por­ted a pro­pos­al to al­low a Keller-Wil­li­ams real es­tate of­fice to ex­pand in­to an un­used con­tract­or’s stor­age space at 1917 Welsh Road. Mem­bers had no prob­lem sup­port­ing a modi­fic­a­tion of an ex­ist­ing vari­ance on the prop­erty that has res­id­en­tial zon­ing.

The league’s next monthly meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, April 24, at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on on Red Li­on Road. ••

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