Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Martin Tower Zoning Appeal Quashed
Judge Reichley ruled that the group of residents and merchants who filed this challenge lived too far away from the proposed development and thus lacked standing. Even if they had the right to seek judicial relief, Reichley found their complaint devoid of merit.
The chief argument against the zoning change was that Planning Director Darlene Heller failed to give the Planning Commission enough time to review zoning changes. But the City countered that that Heller is also the Planning Commission Secretary, and that notice to her was timely.
Merchants and residents were represented by prominent zoning attorney Marc Kaplan. The City was represented by its Solicitor, Bill Leeson. He's one of the Lehigh Valley's best attorneys.