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Supervisors rezone land to agricultural

March 16, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In recent months, the Washington Township Supervisors have rezoned more than 1,000 acres of farmland for residential and commercial uses, paving the way for the area's first Wal-Mart store plus more than 1,300 new homes.

On Monday night the supervisors went in an opposite direction when they honored a local family's request to rezone more than 16 acres of land currently zoned for single and multi-family houses back to farmland.

Mary M. Henicle and her sisters, Norma M. Hess and Marilyn A. Clemmer, daughters of the late Charles and Martha Moore, said they want to put their land back into farmland so they can keep their family home intact. The farmhouse they grew up in still stands, they said.

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They said the request was spelled out in their mother's will.

The land, broken into two roughly equal lots, is bordered by Welty and Amsterdam roads.

The supervisors also approved a plot plan that will allow the sisters to sell their newly rezoned land as a two-lot subdivision - with one provision: The buyer has to keep them in agriculture.

According to the sisters, they feel that the properties would attract buyers who want to set up their own farmettes, such as a small horse farm.

The East Branch of the Antietam Creek runs through the rear of both lots, which will add to its potential for agricultural use, the sisters said after the meeting.

Both the rezoning request and plot plan that broke up the property into two lots were approved unanimously by the supervisors. The requests also had the support from the Franklin County and Washington Township planning commissions.

The plot plan also needs the approval of the Washington Township Municipal Authority, which meets tonight.

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