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Antrim supervisors put conditions on subdivision approval

April 27, 2005|BY BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, PA.

The Antrim Township supervisors Tuesday evening granted preliminary tentative approval to Divinity real estate company for a proposed residential development.

The vote has to be followed up with a written decision before it can be approved, supervisors agreed.

North of Pa. 16 and west of U.S. 11 behind Sunnyway Diner, the 200-acre Divinity tract adjoins the Greencastle Greens development. The streets in the proposed development would open 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, an engineer representing Divinity told the supervisors earlier this month. He counted end town houses as duplexes.

The three-phase plan was approved with eight conditions which Divinity must meet.

  • Green space will be provided with named walking trails with directional and distance signs.

  • Each dwelling must provide a post lamp in lieu of streetlights.

  • The Homeowners' Association agreement must be reviewed and approved by the township.

  • No construction may begin until final approval.

  • The subdivisions must be in accordance with township ordinances.

  • A traffic study must be done to see if it is warranted for no parking on the main thoroughfare from Walter Avenue.

  • A second ingress and egress must be put in after a road is constructed across the ravine because of the density of the housing.

  • The right of way to the neighboring farm owned by Glenn Young must be preserved.


In other action, Township Administrator Ben Thomas said that Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott, a member of the state agricultural preservation board, wants to meet with township supervisors to finalize plans for ag preservation in the township.

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The supervisors budgeted $300,000 for ag preservation in 2005. Their goal is to partner with county and state programs to put more farmland into preservation, Thomas said.

A rash of crashes on a sharp turn in the 2000 block of Williamson Road prompted Thomas to ask for the board's approval to write a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to ask for a study of the area. The board granted permission.

Thomas said that the advised speed on the turn is 20 mph and that some of the crashes are caused by driver error, such as DUI and speeding.

"Two property owners have called us about damage," he said. "One house has been struck several times."

Thomas said he would suggest to PennDOT the installation of center rumble strips. He wants PennDot to review the entire area for improvement, he said.

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