The five members of a Pennsylvania town's Zoning Hearing Board will be getting lumps of coal in their stockings at Christmas -- or even sooner -- if one neighborhood has anything to say about it. The board recently vetoed a variance that would have allowed a family to build an "accessory structure" in their front yard. The variance was needed because the structure violated the 35-foot setback mandated by borough law.
This wasn't just any structure, though. It was an 8-foot by 6-foot treehouse that the homeowner was building for his 11-year-old daughter.