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Letterkenny zoning changes mulled

February 03, 1998|By DON AINES

Letterkenny zoning changes mulled

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A multiple-use zoning plan for Letterkenny Army Depot that would set limits on heavy and light industrial development could be approved by the Greene Township Supervisors later this month.

The Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority's board of directors reviewed the zoning plan for 1,142 acres of the depot Monday morning. Township Supervisor Dave Jamison, a member of the board, said the plan could be acted on at a Feb. 24 public hearing to consider changes to the zoning map, zoning and subdivision and stormwater management ordinances.

The proposal would set aside areas for highway commercial, and heavy and light industrial development.

Light and heavy industrial development designations within the area being zoned would be limited to 44.5 percent of the acreage each. Highway commercial development would be allocated to no less than 11 percent of the land.


"I don't think anyone wants to limit light industrial to 44.5 percent," board member Ken Plummer said of the plan.

Julio Lecuona, another board member, said once the light industrial space was exhausted, the authority would be limited to heavy industry.

Jamison said the highway commercial area could expand beyond the 11 percent set aside in the proposal. After the meeting, Jamison said the supervisors could approve the plan with a change in the language eliminating the limitation on light industry.

If approved on Feb. 24, Jamison said the zoning changes would take effect in five days. The plan would serve as "an overlay," he said, since the zoning would not take effect until land was actually transferred to LIDA.

Acreage transfer

Executive Director Pam Gaudiose said the first transfer of 239 acres from the Department of the Army to LIDA could take place by April if the parcels are shown to be clear of environmental hazards. She called the parcels "our first portfolio of products to offer" to customers.

Heavy industrial uses would include food processing, and manufacturing mobile or modular housing, industrial machinery and heavy equipment, among others, according to a summary prepared by John Van Horn, program manager for LIDA.

The summary said light industrial uses would include warehousing and distribution, paint, carpentry and welding shops, building material storage and recycling programs. Highway commercial zoning would permit retail and wholesale operations, offices and business services, restaurants and service stations.

The minimum 11 percent set aside for highway commercial development would be along Carbaugh Avenue in the southwest area of the depot and along Pa. 997 along the northeast border, according to the zoning map.

In 1995, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted to downsize the depot, with the Army later declaring approximately 1,500 acres of the 19,000-acre depot to be excess property.

The zoning plan covers the portion of that 1,500 acres in Greene Township. The balance is in Letterkenny Township, which has no zoning, according to Van Horn.

Van Horn said light industrial projects on parcels adjoining residential areas bordering the depot would have 100-foot buffer zones and certain heavy industries would require 200-foot buffers.

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