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Developer, Pa. couple strike deal in rezoning squabble

August 19, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Guilford Township couple, the chief opponents to a Home Depot-anchored shopping center planned near their horse farm, ended their fight Thursday afternoon hours before the Guilford Township Supervisors approved the rezoning.

William Carle, who with his wife, Jennifer Carle, own Hawthorne Spring Farm at 1373 Lincoln Way East, told the Guilford Township Supervisors Thursday night that the couple and the developer had reached a compromise.

"It's a different atmosphere here tonight," Carle said, in obvious reference to a July 21 public hearing on a request to rezone 13.7 acres abutting his land from residential to commercial use to pave the way for the shopping center.

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The acreage in question is southeast of the Carles' farm and north of an area fronting Lincoln Way East that already is zoned commercial.

William Carle and Kim Fiedler, director of land development for Benderson Development, the Florida company building the center, were at loggerheads throughout the July hearing. At the time, Carle said the shopping center threatened his farm and his way of life.

Several residents supported the Carles in their opposition to the project at the July hearing.

On Thursday night, it was peaches and cream between Fiedler and William Carle. Each praised the other for his spirit of compromise.

In their agreement, Benderson agreed to give the Carles a three-acre-plus strip of land between their farm and the commercial development. In addition, the developer will create a 40-foot setback line between the Carles' new boundary and the shopping center. The developer also will plant trees as an additional buffer on the Carles' new strip of land.

As late as Wednesday, William Carle told The Morning Herald that he was prepared to sue the developer if an agreement could not be reached by Thursday's vote by the supervisors.

Fiedler said the agreement was worked out because the parties engaged in reasonable dialogue, were open-minded and made a sincere effort to resolve what he called an emotional issue.

William Carle said he and his wife didn't get everything they wanted, but they ended up with a reasonable outcome.

The supervisors approved the rezoning on an unanimous vote.

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