Variances

In re: Appeal of Janice Boyer, Pa. Commw. (2008)

Property owner was not entitled to a variance when she failed to establish that the property was subject to unnecessary hardship and arguably only proved that she was subject to hardship.

In re: Appeal of Janice Boyer, 960 A.2d 179 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2008).

Date of Decision: 10/22/08


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Vaughn v. ZHB of the Township of Shaler (2008)

Property owners were entitled to a variance by estoppel because they relied on representations of the zoning officer and spent substantial amounts of money in the construction of a wall.

Vaughn v. ZHB of the Township of Shaler, (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2008).

Date of Decision: 4/2/08


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In re Appeal of Newtown Racquetball Assocs. from Newtown Township Zoning Hearing Board, Pa. Commw. (1983)

An economic burden alone does not constitute an unnecessary or legal hardship as to warrant a variance. Pursuant to Section 502 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, applications for land development must be sent to the county’s planning commission before a municipality can approve the application.

In re Appeal of Newtown Racquetball Assocs. from Newtown Twp. Zoning Hearing Bd., 464 A.2d 576 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 1983).

Date of Decision: 8/9/83


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Schadt v. City of Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board, Pa. Commw. (2015)

The standards for a variance do not permit a single-family home to be converted into a professional office in a district in which such offices are not permitted where applicant has lived in the house for 40 years and cannot, therefore, show that the house cannot be used in conformity with the zoning ordinance.

Schadt v. City of Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Bd., 119 A.3d 439 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2015).


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