Sometimes there are proposals for land development that don't exactly fit under the zoning rules now in place. That's when human beings have to use their best judgment to decide what's best for the community.
Officials of the John Ackridge Development Co. of Washington, D.C., have applied for a zoning text amendment that would allow the firm to develop housing and retail businesses at Allegheny Energy's Friendship Technology Park.
Such uses wouldn't be allowed under the present zoning, a relatively new classification known as the Office, Research and Technology zone.
The ORT classification was created in October 2002 and applied to the Allegheny property shortly thereafter. ORT allows medical and corporate offices and technology, research and development-based businesses and institutions.