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Thornbury Township Zoning Hearing Board

The Zoning Hearing Board meets on the first Monday of each month on an as-needed basis at 7:00 pm.

Contact:           Jeff Seagraves

Chairman:       J. Robert Haines

Members:        Scott Cannon
Members:        George Morley
Members:        Vincent Iannello (alternate)

Secretary:       Deb Zitarelli, Deb@thornbury.org, 610-399-8383, Ext. 520

Solicitor:          Michael Imms, Esq.


2017

May 1st Hearings:

Appeal 4-2017

Appeal of Andover Homeowners Association, Inc. from the issuance by the Township Manager and Zoning Officer of a Zoning Permit to the dominant tenant Sunoco Logistics in order to allow Sunoco Logistics to construct a Five (5) foot high fence, install a utility pole and automated pipeline monitor equipment in the area of an easement in the open space area owned by the servient tenant Andover Homeowners Association, Inc. which would reduce the Appellant’s open space below the required forty (40%) percent on a property located at 190 Middletown Road, Thornbury  in the  R-1 Residential Zoning District.

Appeal 5-2017

Appeal of Andover Homeowners Association, Inc. from the issuance by the Township Manager and Zoning Officer of a Building Permit to the dominant tenant Sunoco Logistics in order to allow Sunoco Logistics to construct a Five (5) foot high fence, install a utility pole and automated pipeline monitor equipment in the area of an easement in the open space area owned by the servient tenant Andover Homeowners Association, Inc. which would reduce the Appellant’s open space below the required forty (40%) percent on a property located at 190 Middletown Road, Thornbury  in the  R-1 Residential Zoning District.

Appeal 6-2017

Appeal of Andover Homeowners Association, Inc. from the issuance by the Township Manager and Zoning Officer of an Electrical Permit to the dominant tenant Sunoco Logistics in order to allow Sunoco Logistics to construct a Five (5) foot high fence, install a utility pole and automated pipeline monitor equipment in the area of an easement in the open space area owned by the servient tenant Andover Homeowners Association, Inc. which would reduce the Appellant’s open space below the required forty (40%) percent on a property located at 190 Middletown Road, Thornbury  in the  R-1 Residential Zoning District.

Appeal 7-2017

Appeal of Toll PA IV, L.P. for a special exception under Chapter 27, section 2115.2.B(2) in order to permit construction of a home and related improvements on Lot 20 in an area of slopes greater than 20% where the encroachment in total is greater than 50 feet. The proposed Subdivision and property are located on the Crane Tract to the east side of Stoney Bank Road. The property is located at 105 Stoney Bank Road, Glen Mills, in the R-1 Residential District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.


2017 Completed Hearings:

Appeal 3-2017 - March 6

Appeal of Dean Lambardakis for a special exception under Chapter 27, section 2018 in order to convert an existing detached storage garage into a mother-in-law suite with separate kitchen and bathroom facilities and connect it to the home by a breezeway, where only a single dwelling is permitted on a lot under Chapter 27, section 27-401(A). The applicant’s property is located at 5 Locksley Road, Glen Mills, Pa in the R-1 residential zoning district of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Granted. 

Appeal 2-2017 - February 6 - Continued to March 6

Appeal of Michael Ivey for a variance or special exemption under Chapter 27, section 402.E(3) in order to construct an in-law suite in the second floor of an existing detached garage and build an addition attaching it to the existing residence on the property at 719 Cheney Road, Cheyney, Pa in the R-1 Residential District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Granted. 

Appeal 1-2017 - February 6

Appeal of Donald and Deborah Culp for a variance under Chapter 27, section 403(2) “Lot Width” in order to subdivide a property and create a lot with the width of 186 feet at the building line where 200 feet is required; Section 27-403.4 to permit a front yard of (45) feet where 85 is required; Section 27-403.5 to permit an existing shed to be located 17.1 feet from a proposed access drive and existing structure to be 42 feet from the proposed access drive where 45 feet is required; and 27-403.7 to permit the existing garage on Lot 1 (which is located behind a line parallel to the street line and which touches the rear most portion of the main building) to be located 20.5 feet from the access drive where 25 feet is required in order to allow the applicant to create and construct a right of way for a flag lot and create two lots by subdividing the property at 420 Thornton Road, Cheyney, Pa in the R-1 Residential District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Granted. 


2016 Hearings:

Appeal 3-2016 - December 5, 2016

Appeal of Toll PA IV, L.P. for a special exception under Chapter 27, section 2115.2.B(2) in order to permit construction of a home and related improvements on Lot 20 and a portion of Road A where Road A is to be constructed in areas of slopes greater than 20% where the encroachment in total is greater than 50 feet. The proposed Subdivision and property are located on the Crane Tract to the east side of Stoney Bank Road. The property is located at 105 Stoney Bank Road, Glen Mills, in the R-1 Residential District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Appeal 1-2016 - May 2, 2016

Appeal of Michael and Sue Lewis for a variance under Chapter 27, section 1704 in order to construct a portico in the front of their house 38 feet from the front boundary line where 40 feet is required for a lot at the property located at ll Pickering Trail, Thornton, Pa in the PRD-I Residential Zoning District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Granted.  Decision made to permit them to locate a portico over the front door of their property in the front yard of their property at least 38 feet from the front property boundary line; the variance granted herein is expressly subject to the Applicant's compliance with the following conditions:

  • Applicant must locate the portico within the existing concrete pad installed in the front of their house and at the height of the existing pediment over the front door;
  • The applicant must obtain all necessary building permits and approvals before beginning construction of the portico; and
  • The proposed portico must be constructed in substantial conformity with the evidence presented to the Zoning Hearing Board in this matter.

Appeal 2-2016 - June 2, 2016

Appeal of Denise and Michael Daniels for a variance under Chapter 27, section 4A3(2) "Lot Width', in order to subdivide a property and create a lot with the width of 164.1 feet at the building line and create a right of way for a flag lot where 200 feet is required for a lot in order to subdivide the property at 425 Thornton Road, Cheyney, PA in the R-1 Residential District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Granted. The Applicants are permitted to subdivide their property and access the rear lot by a driveway thereby reducing the front lot to 164.1 feet at the building line subject to the following conditions:

  • The proposed width of the front property from the driveway to the existing home being no less than 164.1 feet from the side yard boundary line;
  • That the variance granted applies only to 164.1 feet measured from the western edge of the building envelope eastward; and
  • The Applicant obtains all necessary approvals and permits.

2015 Hearings:

Appeal 2-2015 - July 6, 2015

Appeal of Jeannette and Michael Adorante for a variance under Chapter 27, section 503.7 in order to place an accessory building eighteen (18’) feet from the side yard boundary where a minimum of twenty-five (25’) is required at an existing single family home located at 430 Thornton Road, Cheyney, PA in the R-2 Residential District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Denied. There are no physical conditions unique to the Property which would cause a hardship to the Applicant. The Applicant has not met its burden of proof to demonstrate that there is a hardship requiring that the proposed garage be located 18 feet from the site boundary. The Applicant has failed to meet its burden of proof that the property cannot be developed in strict conformity with the Zoning ordinance.

Appeal 1-2015 - May 4, 2015
Appeal of 192, Inc. t/a Duffer's Tavern for a variance under Chapter 27, section 1003 subsections A, B, C & D use and area requirements in order to construct an outdoor patio on which to serve food and alcoholic beverages where no outdoor dining is permitted at an existing restaurant facility located at 192 Middletown Rd. Glen Mills, PA in the C-Commercial Zoning District of Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Denied. There are no physical conditions unique to the Property which would cause a hardship to the Applicant. The Applicant has not met its burden of proof to demonstrate that the Ordinance, as written, is unconstitutional or improperly exclusionary. The Applicant has failed to meet its burden of proof that the Property cannot be developed in strict conformity with the Zoning Ordinance.