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Zoning: Building Permit Denied for Mt. Lebanon High School Project.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | March 17, 2010

Blog Lebo and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette report that the Mt. Lebanon School District’s controversial high school building project has been stopped dead by a ruling of the Zoning Hearing Board.

The plan failed to provide the required number of parking spaces and the footprint of the buildings and other non-permeable surface area is too large for the land on which it is built.

The problem is: they need to add 23 parking spaces while reducing the coverage by non-permeable surface to less than 50%.  They could, of course, tear up the pavement in the back row of the parking lot and replace the existing surface with gravel.  Then they could cut away the hillside to create more gravel parking spaces.  Or maybe not.  That probably violates some other section of the ordinance.

So, the School District will probably appeal and make their argument to Judge James that they ought to be given a variance because the proposal is closer to compliance than the status quo.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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