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Washington Township schedules rezoning hearings

June 24, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Board of Supervisors has scheduled a pair of public hearings for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, one on a request to rezone 18 acres of land off Welty Road from agricultural to low-density residential.

Developer Ted Snowberger said the township's planning commission previously recommended the supervisors not approve his request to rezone the land for medium-density residential use. Snowberger said he had intended to subdivide the property into about 100 lots for townhouses.

With the lower-density zoning, Snowberger said the property would be divided into about 40 lots for single-family homes. He said the development would be served by municipal sewer and water.

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The revamped rezoning request will be reviewed by the planning commission at its July 12 meeting, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

The supervisors scheduled another public hearing for that night on a request from ECHO Waynesboro, the company developing the site for the Wal-Mart and Lowe's in Rouzerville, Pa., to rezone another 3.89 acres for commercial use that would be added to the site.

Christopher said Wednesday the Lowe's store will be larger than originally planned and the additional land is being requested for more parking and a water tank for fire safety purposes. The original site for the stores was about 40 acres, Christopher said.

The supervisors Monday approved a preliminary land development plan for a 13-lot subdivision on 67 acres on Marsh Road in the southwest part of the township. Marsh Estates is being developed by Heritage Builders.

"We've steadfastly tried to keep development out of that area," Christopher said Monday.

"We'd like that area to remain undeveloped because there's no water, no sewer and the roads are kind of country roads," Christopher said Wednesday. "We'd like the growth to be channeled to where the utilities" and roads are, he said.

The township last year approved the rezoning of approximately 1,000 acres, mostly from agricultural to residential and commercial, north of Pa. 16, where the township wants to direct future development, including the Wal-Mart and Lowe's and build a relief route.

Developing the Marsh Road site will "destroy 60 acres of usable farmland," Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Zeigler said Monday. All the lots will need on-lot sewer and water, he said.

Snowberger, a partner in Heritage Builders, said the lots have all been sold, most of them to people who already live in the area and want larger properties. He told the supervisors there will be a number of restrictive covenants to ensure Marsh Estates is an attractive and well-maintained development.

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