Rezoning requests approved in Washington Township

December 20, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Six rezoning requests sailed by the Washington Township Supervisors Monday in the final act of a board that has been favorable to development in recent years.

The makeup of the board will change drastically Jan. 1 when two pro-growth incumbents, Arthur Cordell and Richard Mohn Jr., are replaced by John Gorman and Carroll Sturm, both wary of fast growth. Those two will join incumbent Supervisor Chris Firme who echoes their philosophy, giving the slow-growth element a 3-2 majority on the board.

Monday night, Firme cast the lone opposing vote in most of the rezoning requests.

Many of the rezonings were requested by owners because the new Washington Township Boulevard will pass through their properties. The new bypass route will pave the way for residential development north of Waynesboro.


The requests were as follows:

  • The supervisors rezoned 11 acres owned by Samuel and Audrey Martin from agricultural to commercial. The supervisors denied the couple's request to rezone 76 acres of farmland to residential use.

  • The supervisors rezoned 78 acres of the Pifer Farm to residential at the request of WAM Enterprises.

  • Another 78 acres of farmland were rezoned commercial for George and Ellen Mason. Washington Township Boulevard cuts through their farm, leaving it unusable for agriculture, a consultant hired by the Masons told the supervisors.

  • The supervisors rezoned a parcel of residential land along the first leg of the boulevard near the new Rouzerville Commons shopping center to commercial at the request of David and Barbara Layman.

  • The board also approved two rezoning requests from D.L. George & Sons so the company can add a building onto its property.

The supervisors also gave conditional approval for Glen Afton Farm, a 54-unit development on Harbaugh Church Road. A new wrinkle surfaced Monday showing that portions of lots 1-8 are across the state line in Maryland.

The developer, Susan Elgin, was told to get approval from Washington County officials before Washington Township could give her final approval.

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