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Development numbers sky-high in county

September 16, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Both the number of subdivision lots and the acreage proposed for development in Franklin County in the first seven months of this year have exceeded those submitted to the County Planning Department in all of 2004, according to department figures.

In 2004, subdivision plans totaling more than 3,500 lots and 4,800 acres were submitted to the Planning Department. Through the end of July this year, the number is almost 4,000 lots covering about 5,300 acres of land, according to department figures.

Chambersburg, which has a number of pending proposals for large residential developments, leads the list with 1,271 lots, followed by Washington Township with 884 and Antrim Township with 757, according to department figures.

"We're getting about the same amount of plans, but we're seeing two or three times as many houses on them" than a few years ago, said Dan Wolfe, community planner with the department.

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