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WHERE IS WESTWOOD’S ZONING OFFICER?

by Guggenheim.

The attraction of living in a community such as Westwood is a comprehensive zoning plan that allocates various uses to specific sections of town. For example, certain parts of town are allocated for industrial use, other parts for retail use, other parts for office use, other parts for medium density residential use, and other parts for single family residential use. The allocation of uses to the various sections of town enhances Westwood’s charm and stabilizes its real estate values.

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood permits home based businesses in its single family residential zones, but such businesses are restricted to virtual office use. Observable business activity in a single family residential zone is unlawful under Westwood’s zoning plan.

A bizarre zoning violation has prevailed unchecked of late at 30 Roosevelt Avenue. Roosevelt Avenue is zoned for single family residential use. The avenue is nicely appointed with concrete curbs and sidewalks. Yet the owners of 30 Roosevelt have allowed a landscape company to use their property, and the street in front of their house, as a maintenance and storage facility.

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Residents report that the landscapers frequently jack up large lawn mowers in the street in front of 30 Roosevelt, where they perform oil changes, lube jobs, tire inflations, fueling, and blade removals.

The removed blades are taken to the rear of 30 Roosevelt, where they are sharpened and balanced, and then returned to the street in front of 30 Roosevelt and re-installed on the lawn mowers.

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

The landscapers also wash their lawn mowers on the front lawn of 30 Roosevelt or in the driveway.

The floor jack used to jack up the lawn mowers, the oil drain pan used to capture the used oil from the lawn mowers, the air compressor used to inflate the tires, and the bench grinder used to sharpen the blades, are all stored at 30 Roosevelt. The landscapers have also stored some of their landscaping equipment at 30 Roosevelt, and visit the property periodically to pick up and drop off equipment.

Property records identify the owners of 30 Roosevelt Avenue as Matthew Ell and Carolina Beita-Ell. The lettering on the landscape company truck reads: “Marvani Landscaping.”

Westwood's zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

Westwood’s zoning officer is complicit with obvious zoning violations.

The landscapers do not reside at 30 Roosevelt. It is unknown where they park their truck and trailer overnight, and why they are not conducting their maintenance and storage at the same location that they park their truck and trailer.