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June 7, 2013

Pa. zoning board orders removal of young girl's tree house

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. —

“It might not meet the young lady’s definition of a tree house, but in the board’s opinion it would be a sufficient substitute.

“Good luck,” Runkle added, “with the tree house in the backyard.”

Added board solicitor Robert Slivinski: “It’s a good thing she didn’t ask for a castle with a moat for her birthday. Look, we are bound by the municipality’s planning code, which is state law, which is mirrored in the borough’s ordinance. The law is very specific about when we can grant a variance. It’s very strict. Every board member would have loved for that little girl to have a tree house, but the law just didn’t allow it. If there is a change, the change has to be with the Borough Council.”

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