Homeowner appeals denial of conversion, existing deck


A Ferndale woman who was denied a special exception to convert her single-family home into a two-family dwelling and a variance to make legal an existing deck is appealing the county's decisions.

The Board of Appeals will hear both cases at 6:30 tonight at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

Last June, administrative hearing officer Robert C. Wilcox rejected Natalie Campbell's request for a special exception, citing the deck as a reason. Mr. Wilcox ordered Ms. Campbell to remove the 18-by-23-foot deck because it did not meet the county requirement for a 7-foot setback from the property line.

Ms. Campbell then sought a variance to legalize the deck.

In February, Roger A. Perkins, a temporary administrative hearing officer, denied her request, noting that Ms. Campbell had "sufficient area elsewhere on the property to construct the deck." Mr. Perkins noted that the deck did not meet the terms of an October 1991 building permit that allowed a deck on the back of the house. Because it was built on the right side of the house, it fulfill the setback requirements, he said.

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