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Letterkenny zoning approved

February 25, 1998|By DON AINES

Letterkenny zoning approved

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A flexible zoning plan for Letterkenny Army Depot will go into effect on Monday which has the approval of nearby residents, the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority and the Greene Township Supervisors.

The supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to amend the zoning map, zoning ordinance and subdivision and land development ordinance to clear the way for zoning at the depot as sections are turned over to LIDA for private sector development.

The plan would create a multiple-use zone at the depot for the 1,142 acres within the township that will be turned over to LIDA in upcoming years. A total of about 1,500 acres, some of it in Letterkenny Township, will eventually be turned over by the Army to LIDA.

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The zoning plan limits heavy industrial development to 44.5 percent of the land, although light industrial development could occupy up to 89 percent of the civilian enclave. A minimum of 11 percent would have to be developed as highway commercial businesses.

An earlier zoning plan would not have set limits on heavy industrial development in the multi-use zone. That was one reason about 550 township residents formed Citizens for Multi-District Zoning of Letterkenny Army Depot.

"Our group isn't against jobs and development, we just want it done nicely," said Frederic G. Antoun Jr., the attorney for the group.

Antoun said the original plan could have allowed the entire area to be developed for heavy industrial use.

"I think we have a very workable plan here," Supervisor Dave Jamison said. The final zoning plan was endorsed by the township and Franklin County planing commissions and LIDA.

There is an area reserved for highway commercial businesses along the perimeter of the depot, as well as a residential zone where the Kenny Gardens military housing complex is located.

While the amended zoning and development ordinances take effect next Monday, the zoning won't apply until the Army relinguishes title to the land.

That won't take place all at once. Some of the land has soil and groundwater pollution that has to be cleaned up before its turned over to LIDA.

Pam Gaudiose, the executive director of LIDA, has said that the Army may be ready to turn over 239 acres by April.

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