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Rezoning for 161-unit town house plan OK'd

November 08, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In one vote Monday night, the Washington Township Supervisors denied a request to rezone 2.89 acres for a 21-unit town house development. In another, they approved the rezoning of a larger tract, for a 161-unit town house development. Both parcels are in the township's west end.

The motion to rezone the smaller tract on Polktown Road off Pa. 16 near the Tennis Club owned by All Side Inc. from commercial to medium density residential was denied because of potential stormwater runoff problems.

Lloyd and Louella Bingaman, who own Bingaman's Pleasant View Mobile Home Park across Polktown Road from the proposed site, opposed the development on fears that runoff water would come onto their property.

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In the larger rezoning request, land owner William L. Gsell asked that his hillside land on Pa. 16 just east of 84 Lumber be rezoned from commercial to medium density residential so he can build 161 three-story town houses in a development there.

The town houses will sell in the $180,000 range.

Gsell has been trying to sell the property to a commercial buyer for five years with no luck, Steve Patterson, his attorney, told the supervisors.

The supervisors approved a request to rezone 28 acres of commercial land off Pa. 16 east behind the Chestnut Logs restaurant at 11657 Buchanan Trail East from medium density residential to commercial for its owners, Anthony and Jeffrey Bittner. The property is just east of the Rouzerville Commons.

The supervisors will accept applications from citizens through Nov. 14 to replace James Kirby, who resigned from the board last month.

They will set a special session for Nov. 22 to interview applicants and possibly pick a successor that night.

The interviews will last for 10 minutes and the session will be open to the public.

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