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Township board rejects Penn-Mar land plan

December 14, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Greene Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday night unanimously rejected the land development plan submitted by Penn-Mar Ethanol for a plant in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, according to DeEtta Antoun, director of Citizens for a Quality Environment.

"Support for the Penn-Mar Ethanol distillery in Franklin County is eroding fast," Antoun said following the meeting. Antoun said the supervisors followed an earlier recommendation from the township Planning Commission to reject the plan.

"If they had any investors that were even slightly interested, they're getting real nervous," Antoun said.

"There really wasn't anything else for the township to do with the plan," said Frederic G. Antoun, the attorney for the citizens group and several individuals who had successfully appealed a ruling by the township Zoning Hearing Board that the project would have been a permitted use in a heavy industrial zone and its granting a variance to Penn-Mar from the township's 45-foot height limitation.

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Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. Walsh last month ruled the zoning board erred in determining the project was a permitted use and in granting the variance. Penn-Mar appealed Walsh's ruling to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Monday.

Frederic Antoun said the board of supervisors Tuesday cited inadequate information in the Penn-Mar plan "from which to determine whether or not the plan met township requirements in its land development and zoning ordinances."

Penn-Mar could still submit a conditional-use application to the township, Frederic Antoun said. The board of supervisors would have to hold public hearings on the project before a conditional use permit can be granted, he said.

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