Somerton Civic denies extra parking request

Mem­bers of the Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation voted against a loc­al homeown­er’s plan to pave a por­tion of her yard for ad­di­tion­al park­ing spots.

Di­mitra Malli­ar­is owns a twin du­plex at 10860 Par­lin Ter­race. The corner prop­erty also abuts Par­lin Street. Dur­ing the June 11 SCA meet­ing, Malli­ar­is said she hopes to pave a 14-foot-wide plot of grass be­hind the res­id­ence, but the city’s De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tion denied her per­mit re­quest be­cause it does not con­form to the zon­ing code.

Ac­cess­ory park­ing is not per­mit­ted in the front, side or rear yards of res­id­ences. Also, the pro­posed park­ing spots would en­croach with­in three feet, two inches, of the rear prop­erty line, where a 20-foot set­back is re­quired for any new con­struc­tion.

Malli­ar­is claimed that her rear neigh­bor has “no prob­lem” with her plan, al­though the homeown­er presen­ted no evid­ence of the neigh­bor’s ap­prov­al. Malli­ar­is ar­gued that the park­ing spots would help the neigh­bor­hood by re­du­cing the de­mand for on-street park­ing.

The SCA’s leg­al coun­sel, Mar­lene Josephs, noted that their ad­vocacy of a zon­ing vari­ance in the case could es­tab­lish a bad pre­ced­ent. Cars pro­duce noise and fumes that could be­come a nuis­ance to ad­ja­cent prop­erty own­ers, Josephs said.

Mem­bers voted 13-7 against Malli­ar­is’ plan. The city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment is sched­uled to hear Malli­ar­is’ ap­peal on Ju­ly 10.

In oth­er SCA busi­ness:

Treas­urer Pat Can­t­well pro­posed that mem­bers start bring­ing non­per­ish­able food items to the monthly civic meet­ings so that the group could donate them to the Somer­ton Food Bank at St. An­drews in the Field Church. Re­mind­ers will be pub­lished in the monthly e-news­let­ter. The next SCA meet­ing will be on Tues­day, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Walk­er Lodge 306, 1290 Southamp­ton Road.

The civic group will host its an­nu­al Com­munity Day on Sat­urday, Oct. 5, at Boyle Play­ground. Or­gan­izers are ac­cept­ing in­di­vidu­al and busi­ness dona­tions and seek­ing vo­lun­teer com­mit­ments. In the com­ing month, SCA mem­bers will be asked to sell raffle tick­ets to help off­set the cost of the event. Tick­ets will be sold for $5 each. The win­ner and the civic group will split the pot.

Kristin Sawka, lib­rar­i­an at the Bustleton Branch Lib­rary, Bustleton Av­en­ue and Ver­ree Road, said that her staff is seek­ing Lego dona­tions for a planned series of Lego work­shops at the lib­rary.

Dan Lod­ise, chief of staff for state Rep. Brendan Boyle, re­por­ted that his of­fice is spon­sor­ing out­door fam­ily movie screen­ings this sum­mer. One is sched­uled for Aug. 21 at Jun­od Play­ground in Park­wood. An­oth­er will be on Aug. 28 at Gif­ford Play­ground in Somer­ton. Boyle will host his an­nu­al Seni­or Fair on Sept. 12 at the Klein JCC. •• 

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