Zoning Board Hearing: March 19th

Friends of Lackawanna will be presenting their position to the Zoning Hearing Board this Thursday night, March 19th at 6:30pm at the Dunmore Community Center.

A recap of events leading to this hearing:

November 2014: Dunmore Council negotiated and accepted a new Host Municipality Agreement with Keystone Sanitary Landfill. As part of this agreement, KSL requested an opinion from the Zoning Officer confirming that the landfill is a pre-existing use as a landfill, and that it is not a building under the current zoning ordinance pertaining to maximum building height.

December 2014: The Dunmore Zoning Officer confirmed KSL’s position that the landfill is a pre-existing use and that it is not a building under the current zoning ordinances.

January 2015: Friends of Lackawanna along with three names appellants filed an appeal to the Dunmore Zoning Officer’s Opinion.

February 2015: KSL filed a petition for bond in the amount of $1.2 Million claiming our appeal was frivolous.

March 10, 2015: Friends of Lackawanna defended their appeal in the Court of Common Pleas against KSL’s petition for bond.

March 11, 2015: Judge rules in favor of Friends of Lackawanna. No bond needed to pursue appeal.

March 19t, 2015: Friends of Lackawanna to present their case against the Zoning Officer’s Opinion.

We encourage all Friends of Lackawanna to come out on Thursday night and hear our case. The hearing is open to the public, but should be noted that it is closed to public comment. The hearing on Thursday is the first of three Hearings for FOL and KSL to present testimony from experts regarding our opinion on zoning issues.