Summit Zoning Board Deliberates Property Improvements and Variances

In a recent session, the Summit City Zoning Board reviewed multiple proposals for property improvements, variances for construction, and concerns about the interplay between residential and commercial zones. Key discussions included a resident’s request for a deck variance, concerns over privacy and water runoff due to property expansion, and the merging of lots for a business property with historical significance.

A resident’s application for a variance to build a deck that encroached on the required rear setback sparked detailed inquiry from the board and the public. The resident presented a case, citing the unusable space that would result from rotating the deck to comply with current regulations and the necessity of the variance for their property layout. The resident’s explanation of the proposed construction process and the condition of the existing patio prompted the board to discuss the impact of the new deck on the surrounding area.

Public comments were particularly focused on a neighboring property’s expansion. Courtney Jesy from 32 Beekman Road raised pivotal concerns about water runoff and privacy. Jesy’s property was reportedly located in a very wet neighborhood, and the potential increase in water runoff due to the neighboring expansion was questioned. Privacy issues were also at the forefront, with Jesy noting the inadequate coverage provided by the existing trees and suggesting the addition of privacy trees or plantings. The board deliberated on this and proposed a condition requiring the applicants to add screening between the properties, contingent upon the city Forester’s approval. The condition aimed to address Jesy’s concerns, acknowledging the change in the view from their property and the neighborhood’s need for privacy.

The board also tackled a proposal for property improvements on Mars Avenue and L Avenue. Mr. Pampalone presented plans to enhance traffic safety, parking circulation, and the site’s aesthetics. The civil engineer discussed revised plans, which included updates to the parking area, landscaping, and lighting. The board scrutinized the variances required for these modifications and their adherence to the engineer’s report, particularly focusing on the new drainage system. The impact of the proposed infiltration system for water collection was a topic of intense scrutiny, with board members questioning its size, operation, and compatibility with the local soil conditions.

An issue was the proposed hanging sign for a building requiring a size and height variance. The applicant defended the sign’s necessity for cohesion with existing signage and better visibility. The board debated the sign’s potential impact on the historical preservation of the property and the aesthetics of the building. The discussion expanded to include the garage’s compliance with regulations and the potential effect of combining two lots on parking space and traffic flow.

The board expressed approval for a landscape architect’s plan to enhance the property’s appearance with diverse plantings, including the selection of a willow oak tree for its suitability in the current climate zone. The comprehensive landscaping plan aimed to address the City Forester’s concerns and improve the property’s overall aesthetics.

Further, the board scrutinized a request for variances related to signage, coverage due to a new parking lot, and the waiver of a loading stall requirement. The applicant’s intent to manage stormwater and organize parking effectively was weighed against the master plan’s directives to protect residential neighborhoods and create effective transition zones. The board considered stipulations offered by the applicant, such as no parking in front of the building, merging of lots, and compliance with city and engineer reports.

The most discussions centered on the merging of lots for a business property with a storied past. The board members weighed the historical business use of the site against the potential loss of prime real estate from the housing stock. The impact of the lot combination on future zoning possibilities and the proposed lighting plan for the property after business hours were also debated. Ultimately, the board decided to table the discussion to address other resolutions and business, with the intent to revisit the proposal at the next meeting.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Elizabeth Fagan
Zoning Board Officials:
Joseph Steiner, Scott Loikits, Thomas Ucko, Donald Nelson, Ayman Maleh, Miriam Zahn, Michael Curran, Claire Toth, Alison Chieffo, Jay Fehskens, Paul Cianciulli, Christa Anderson (Zoning Officer), Stephanie Soulios (Zoning Board Secretary), Bob Pawlowski (Council Liaison)

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Human Resources Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Control Board
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Hendry County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes