Planners grant variance for Hamlin Township parcel

Ted Lutz
Staff Writer

The McKean County Planning Commission has had a change of heart about a request for a variance in the county subdivision ordinance.
Commissioners last month denied a variance for a proposed subdivision on Kasson Road in Hamlin Township.
But after reviewing site photos and hearing a report from County Planning Director Jeremy Morey, on Tuesday, commissioners agreed to approve the variance for property owners Les VanGorder and Todd Weaver.
The owners sought the variance to sell an 18.56-acre site on Kasson Road. A variance is needed because the remaining 73-acre parcel would only have a 12-foot wide right-of-way. The county ordinance calls for a 50-foot right-of-way.
Morey called the request for a variance "a textbook hardship." He said it's "a perfect case for a variance" due to the terrain.
"There is no wiggle room," Morey said.
A creek borders one side of the parcel and a hill is on the other side, it was noted.