Wright v. Town of McCandless Zoning Hearing Bd.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court vacated the trial court’s order, which granted a motion to quash. The trial court concluded that Wright lacked standing to appeal the Town of McCandless Zoning Hearing Board’s (ZHB) approval of two-dimensional variances. On appeal, Wright argued that she had standing to appeal in the lower court because she was a party to the proceedings before the ZHB and that any challenge to her standing to appeal the trial court’s order was waived by a failure to object to her party status during the proceedings before the ZHB. The Commonwealth Court remanded and held that because the trial court applied the wrong legal analysis, the trial court did not consider whether Wright had attained party status through the submission of her statement, which she dictated to and was read by an Administrator during the hearing.

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