The Kensington Town Council approved a recommendation for one rezoning application and denied another in an unusually busy meeting last week.
Robert Newhauser, the owner of a lot on Dupont Avenue, asked the council to approve a resubdivision of his lot to accommodate town house office spaces on part of it. The land is currently zoned for general office use.
The council will recommend approval of the change to the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, which has the final say in the matter.
Another resident, Charles Thompson of Farragut Avenue, unsuccessfully asked the town to also advise the Park and Planning Commission to approve his request to redefine his lot line.
He owns two adjoining lots, one of which has a house on it. He cannot build a home on the second lot because any structure would be too close to exisiting property lines--a violation of building codes, Mayor Kitty Raufaste said.
The council declined to recommend approval of this request. The council was concerned that a favorable recommendation in this case would set a precedent that would encourage the building of too many houses too close together, she said. Raufaste said more than 30 lots in the town are in a similar situation.
In other business, the council agreed to some residents' request to require permit parking on Detrick Avenue to alleviate a parking problem in the area, Raufaste said.