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Planning Board dives into definition of ‘front yard’

Two front yards?

July 8. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Planning Board will decide if a Cornelius property may have a swimming pool in the front yard.

Marc Lomartire, is building a home at 18300 Nantz Road. The property has two front yards: One on Nantz, the other on Delray Drive. He is requesting a variance from Chapter 5 of the town’s Land Development Code, to allow for the placement of a pool in the front yard facing Delray Drive, which essentially runs parallel to Nantz.

“Our Land Development Code requires accessory structures to be placed in the rear or side yard,” said Senior Town Planner Aaron Tucker. “As a result Lomartire’s plans were denied by the town, but he is appealing, asking for a variance which would permit the front-yard pool.”


The focus of the appeal is on the town’s definitions of rear, side and front yards. The proposed pool does meet the minimum setback requirements, Tucker said. “However this property has frontage on two streets: Nantz Road and Delray Drive. Both street frontages are considered front yards, regardless of where the functional front of the house is located.”

Not In My Front Yard?

In his appeal, Lomatire states that “Neither of my side yards allow enough space for the pool. It cannot be installed on the right side due to setback restrictions and the left side has underground power, gas and water lines.”

He further states that the hardship he is experiencing did not result from any actions taken by him and that the proposed pool would not be visible from Delray Drive.

The Planning Board will conduct the public hearing on his appeal acting as the town’s Board of Adjustment. The meeting will commence at 6:30 pm in Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.


5 Responses to “Planning Board dives into definition of ‘front yard’”

  1. Not even sure why this would be controversial. The so-called second front yard backs up to a cul de sac and has a brick wall around the perimeter. It just so happens that the property has way of ingress and egress on both roads. If you look at the home , which is coming out beautiful by the way, the front of the home on Nantz is clearly the way that faces more traffic and would be designed to have more “front yard curb appeal.” As a neighbor I have no problem with them putting in a pool. My wife and I moved to this neighborhood to get away from an HOA hellbent on minutia. Hopefully for the homeowner’s sake it is approved. Cornelius absolutely has a building issue as it relates to its barely supporting infrastructure but it is more of a retail and commercial issue and a residential one.

    Posted by James Retarides | July 8, 2024, 11:01 am
  2. Cowboy up and relocate the power, gas and water like the rest of us would be required to do in our own yards. Every house with power served from the rear pays to relocate power. It’s all part of the project cost. If you can’t afford it, the kids don’t get a pool.

    Posted by Scout Finch | July 8, 2024, 2:26 pm
  3. Take it to court and sue them. The narrowly written town constitution are very narrow. The planning board thinks it is ultimate rule.

    these useless constitution are death, waste of time for some.

    Posted by Not4u2know | July 8, 2024, 5:45 pm

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