Changes To Setbacks Under Consideration
LORDS VALLEY — The Blooming Grove Township Supervisors are considering a change to Zoning Ordinance 701, specifically the required setbacks for commercial properties.
At their meeting Monday night, Chairman Nicholas Mazza said they would keep the 50-foot requirement for commercial in case of development adjacent to residential property. However, they want to be able to allow 20-foot setbacks where commercial developments are adjacent to one another.
Mazza explained that currently, the ordinance allows them to reduce the required setback to 30 feet and anything less than that requires variances. Variances have to show hardship though, and Mazza said hardship would be difficult to prove if the total lot size were large. The proposed changes would require rewrites and a public hearing, so would not take effect for one to two months, at least.
Mazza said that having the option to reduce the setback to 20 feet in certain circumstances would be “keeping (the) same protections” but also “gives us a little more flexibility.”
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