Baldwin Council Denies Ryan Homes' Request

The council makes its decision unanimously.

The Baldwin Council unanimously rejected on Tuesday night a request from representatives of Ryan Homes, borough Manager John Barrett said. 

Ryan Homes is a developer of residences in north Baldwin Borough's Breckenridge Highlands complex, and its request was for borough officials to make an exception to the amount of space required in the borough between a structure and the street that it sits along (known as "setback").

The impetus for the request is that Ryan wished to build "morning rooms" onto five future Breckenridge homes. The morning rooms are extra living spaces built onto residences' kitchens.

Ryan had hoped to lessen its required setback from 20 feet to 15 feet. As Barrett pointed out at an earlier council meeting, however, Ryan's 20-foot requirement is already down from an original 35-foot one.

Some council members have expressed concern that 15 feet is too close to the street, especially if driveways and sidewalks get involved.

The borough's Planning Commission had already rejected Ryan's request before it moved on to the council level for a possible overruling.

Amanda Anderle, a Ryan Homes sales manager, said in front of the council on Jan. 15 that homes with morning rooms would add to the overall size of those structures, meaning an increase in real estate tax revenue for the borough.

However, that argument was not enough to sway the council's decision.

Councilman John Ferris said on Jan. 15, "We can't keep making exceptions."

Ferris later added that, if the council continues to make exceptions to the borough's code (variances) for Ryan Homes, it would have a hard time enforcing its code in other places in the borough.

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PM C February 20, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Sasafras Jackson February 20, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Dear Mr. / Mrs. Ryan, This topic was broached by Uncle Helix at the dinner table last night. I will recognize the fact that Uncle Helix was on his 11th gingerbeer but will also recognize the fact that his question needs answered. “Why would you want to expand the SF of someone’s home when the materials that are deployed are proverbial crap? Would you not want to focus on making the SF that is existing of better quality? Furthermore, eh…pssst….eh…..” After speaking such, Uncle Helix passed out at the table and we do not know what the remaining thought he had was. Rather than speculate, I instead decided to quote the sounds he made at the end. Whiteheads – 2 Brentwood – 1.5 Baldwin – 0.25
Margaret French February 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM
You are too funny Sasafras! LOL :)
Sasafras Jackson February 21, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Margaret - my intent is to brighten your day in any way that I can! Have a great Thursday and may god bless you today and always.
Margaret French February 21, 2013 at 05:20 PM
You have a great Thursday too Sasafras and a great weekend.
old man February 22, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I agree with Baldwin boro council on this decision, they already granted a 15 ft. variance. It had to stop somewhere. Now lets see if Ryan homes files a lawsuit to try to get their way.


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