Developers file applications to rezone land

August 08, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Seven applications from six developers to rezone more than 675 acres of Washington Township farmland have been submitted in the last two weeks, with most of the land to be rezoned dedicated to residential development, a township official said Thursday.

Most of the talk is about the potential for commercial development, including a possible Wal-Mart store - one proposal sets aside space for retail buildings of 173,000 square feet and 101,000 square feet.

But it's the potential residential development that will have the greatest impact on the community, said Gerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for the township.


Some of the rezoned farmland could end up in planned residential developments, which the township has little power to stop if they meet regulations, Zeigler said.

Efforts to build Glen Afton Acres, a planned residential development on Harbaugh Church Road, ran into trouble this year because the local roads serving the project weren't wide enough to meet the regulations and did not meet a major connector road. Those in the proposed areas to be rezoned meet those requirements, Zeigler said.

"We anticipate that there will be two or three more applications for another 200 to 300 acres," Zeigler said.

Township officials say they don't know which retail stores are considering Washington Township.

"We assume there will be two fairly big stores," Zeigler said. "Wal-Mart is the most likely suspect, but we don't know anything yet."

Two of the applications to rezone about 35 acres for commercial development were submitted by Echo Waynesboro Assoc., L.P. of 701 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh. The company has no telephone listing. There was no individual's name on the application.

The identity of any stores proposed for the rezoning probably won't be known until developers drop off requests for building permits, Zeigler said.

Echo Waynesboro Assoc. also is requesting that 49 acres of farmland north of Pa. 16 owned by Anthony and Jeffrey Bittner of 11689 Buchanan Trail East be rezoned R-2 for residential development. The application requests that 15 contiguous acres be rezoned commercial.

The developer's second application requests that 19 acres north of Pa. 16 be rezoned commercial.

The other five applicants include:

  • Michael L. Knepper, 163 Colonial Drive, Chambersburg. He is requesting that 136 acres of agricultural land on the east side of Pa. 997 at the intersection of Tomstown Road be rezoned for single- and multi-family residential and commercial development.

  • PenMar Properties LLC, 11216 Airport Road, Waynesboro, is requesting that 96 acres of farmland at 11575 Country Club Road be rezoned for single-family lots. An adjacent 18 acres already has been rezoned R-1, according to the application.

  • D. Curtis Mummert, 8887 Stottlemyer Road, Waynesboro, wants 33 acres at that address rezoned R-3 for residential development.

  • Carlino Development Group, 825 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 203, Wyomissing, Pa., owner of Knouse Fruitland Inc., is requesting that 186 acres be rezoned R-2 for residential development.

  • C. David and Barbara Layman, 12707 Old Forge Road, Waynesboro, are asking that 136 acres on the west side of Old Forge Road and 34 acres on the east side be rezoned R-1 or R-2 for single- and multi-family homes.

  • Waynesboro Country Club, 11000 Country Club Road, Waynesboro, is requesting that 16 acres behind the club's swimming pool and tennis courts be rezoned R-2 for single-family attached homes.

The township's planning commission will see the applications for the first time Monday night. Public hearings on the applications will be scheduled later.

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