Meeting on rezoning requests is delayed

December 05, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors moved the date of their meeting on nine major rezoning requests, including one for a Wal-Mart Supercenter, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22, Township Administrator Michael Christopher said Thursday.

The meeting will be in the Blue Ridge Summit Fire and Rescue Squad social hall on Monterey Lane at 7 p.m.

"This is not a public hearing," Christopher said. "All who want to speak will be given the opportunity, but they will be limited to three minutes."


The supervisors held a public hearing on Nov. 20 at the Blue Ridge Summit fire hall on the controversial rezoning of 1,025 acres of farmland north and east of Waynesboro for residential and commercial development. That meeting lasted more than six hours, ending at nearly 1 a.m. About 300 people attended that session.

According to Christopher, the Dec. 15 meeting was changed because more time was needed to prepare agreements between the township and developers on building a relief road that will connect the nine residential and commercial developments.

It would run from north of Tomstown Road on Pa. 997 to the traffic light on Pa. 16 at the Green Arbor Flower and Shrubbery Center at 11401 Buchanan Trail East (Pa. 16), the proposed entrance to the shopping center.

According to plans, the center will be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter at one end and a home improvement store at the other. About 30,000 square feet of retail space will occupy the space in between.

The relief road, to be 24 feet wide, according to township specifications, would run about five miles, Christopher said.

The developers have said they will pay to build part of the road. The sections left that don't run through the developments could be built by the township from funds generated by impact fees, he said.

Christopher said he didn't know how many miles would be built by developers and how many by the township.

The township would have to acquire some rights of way, he said.

The residential rezoning requests call for up to 1,282 single-family and 136 multi-family homes.

Also included are 66 acres for commercial development, including the shopping center.

The supervisors may vote on some of the rezoning requests at their regular meeting Dec. 15, board president Paul Benchoff said Thursday.

"We're going to work on the budget that night, but it's possible we may vote on some of the rezonings," he said.

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