Township supervisors hear subdivision plans

April 13, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard plans for a proposed residential development on a 200-acre tract north of Greencastle.

Charles M. Sioberg of Martin and Martin Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., representing Divinity real estate company, said the company looked at configurations of farming operations, vegetation and topographical features with aerial photography.

Under the township ordinances, Divinity could put in 316 single-family homes or 630 duplexes. That plan would make no effort to preserve the ravines and wooded areas in the tract, Sioberg said.


"They would just fall in people's back yards. Under the planned residential development, we would preserve these. And there would be a ton more open space," he said.

Sioberg proposed three types of housing for the land west of Heritage Estates, a subdivision in the borough of Greencastle. North of Pa. 16 and west of U.S. 11 behind Sunnyway Diner, the tract adjoins the Greencastle Greens development. The streets in the proposed development would open up Heritage Estates and Greencastle Greens to Pa. 16 when all three developments are completed.

Divinity would put in 209 single-family homes, 73 duplexes, and 58 town houses, Sioberg said. He counted end town houses as duplexes. "That would be 2.1 dwelling units to the acre, and 25 percent open space."

Utilities and roads would be dedicated to the township, Sioberg said, and the project would be completed in phases.

He asked the supervisors for tentative preliminary approval.

Supervisors Chairman Scott Diffenderfer said he was concerned about the affect on the sewer plant.

Supervisor Larson Wenger said the current sewer plant went online in 1999 and has 575,000 to 600,000 gallons of capacity left.

"We're permitted for 1.2 million gallons," said Teresa Schnoor, a township administrator. "We'll be at 1 million in 2009, and then it will be time to upgrade." She added that the Department of Environmental Protection can come in and order an upgrade.

Greencastle resident Chuck Charpiat asked whether the common areas of the proposed development would be open to neighboring residents or only for the use of people in the development.

Sioberg replied that the areas would not be public parks, but would be owned by the homeowners association.

"But there will be walkways, and I've never seen one fenced off," he said.

The supervisors have 60 days to make a decision on the application. They will consider it at their next regular meeting April 26 at 7 p.m.

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