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Official: Plenty of water for housing

October 29, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - About 130 new houses in five developments are either under construction or have been approved for construction, but a Washington Township official said Monday there is plenty of water to handle them.

Not included in that number are 169 new housing units in the Glen Afton Acres development that have been approved by the supervisors but which are being held up in litigation.

Even with those projects, there will be ample public water and sewer capacity to handle the growth, Gerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for the township, said Monday.

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"We've got more than enough water," Zeigler said. "The township has been developing sources so that we keep ahead of development."

Last week the supervisors, in reaction to a list of questions they received in early October from a citizens group opposing the Glen Afton Acres development, sent a memorandum to the group about the township's water situation.

The supervisors, in the memorandum, said the Washington Township Municipal Authority had analyzed future growth needs in the 1990s.

"As a result," the memorandum said, "there are currently over 1,400 new water services potentially available for new water customers on the system."

Concerning Glen Afton's effect on water and sewer service, the supervisors said the 169 new homes there would represent an 8.6 percent increase in water customers and a 4 percent increase in sewer customers.

The citizens group has appealed to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court after losing a suit it had filed in Common Pleas Court. The suit alleged that the supervisors acted illegally in allowing the Glen Afton Acres project to be built.

The high court has not yet ruled on the appeal.

John Blair, leader of the citizens group, could not be reached Monday.

According to Zeigler, other housing developments in various stages of construction include:

  • An 18-lot project on the former Cowdrick Orchards property at the intersection of Old Pen Mar and Upper Edgemont roads.

  • Millwood Village will be adding 15 lots in the development behind the Mountain Gate Restaurant on Pa. 16.

  • The 41-lot Hawkstone Development in Zullinger now under construction.

  • A final 34-lot section being built in the Woodcrest development on Weatherstone Drive.
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