Bethlehem City Council members supporting this ridiculous zoning amendment should be ashamed of themselves. Nobody in the rest of Bethlehem cares if some restaurant in the historic district can fry an egg, or if a restaurant can have alcohol, or if a barber can have 3 or 4 barber chairs. This is just not city business at all. When somebody says he thinks he’s entitled to gross infringements on other people’s property rights such as these, you laugh in his face, you don’t turn it into an amendment:
The way the amendments were worded made the board of commissioners to hesitate with passing the changes as written. Some restrictions include not allowing restaurants who serve alcohol, allow BYOB or fry food as only one criteria the new law would follow.
During the Thursday evening Bethlehem Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners denied council’s request for the wording of language in the altercations to the law.
The amendment, titled the reuse of corner commercial uses for the historical and residential districts, would limit possible store owners to the uses of the property. In addition to limitations on restaurants, tattoo parlors and pawn shops are also not allowed within the historic area.
The existing storefront of a building and past use of the building also will come into play when these businesses apply within Bethlehem. The amendment also limits the number of chairs in a barbershop, beauty shop, hair salon to two seats.