Board denies permit for bathhouse

The developer of a Stoney Creek townhouse community has been denied permission to build a bathhouse and parking lot as part of a 120-slip commercial marina.

The county Board of Appeals ruled July 15 that the three-acre site owned by Sterling Homes Inc. is residentially, not commercially, zoned. A commercial marina can only be built in a commercial zone, the board said.

Sterling officials argued that the property was designated for commercial use when they purchased it in 1984. But they failed to convince panel members that they were still entitled to that commercial classification after the County Council redesignated the property during a 1989 comprehensive review of county zoning maps.

Mark Padeletti, vice president of Sterling Homes, said yesterday that he had not seen the decision and could not comment.

The county has allowed Sterling Homes to continue with its plans to build 450 townhouses on an adjacent 57 acres that also was reclassified in 1989 for less intense development. The board ruled that that was permissible because construction had already begun on that portion of the project.

The board noted that the developer could build a "community marina."

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