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Planning commission reviews building proposals near alleys

February 15, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Planning Commission has been reviewing proposals for homes facing alleys, mostly because there is very little land available on any of the borough streets.

"Pretty much that's all that's left without buying existing dwellings and tearing them down," said Kevin Grubbs, director of borough engineering.

Borough ordinances do not permit new construction to front an alley without a waiver from the planning commission.

The planners on Monday decided they will continue reviewing proposals to build on alleys based on each proposal's merit.

Grubbs said approval only would be granted if the developer and plans meet three requirements: the lot or lots don't create traffic congestion or interfere with the free flow of traffic; any development is in accordance with the neighborhood plan and character; and a hearing is held for public comment.

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The traffic stipulation addresses the primary concern with building on a 12-foot-wide alley.

"Two cars cannot pass in an alley," said Grubbs.

The planners rejected a plan for four town house units on Hollinger Avenue, an alley just south of Pa. 16, according to Grubbs.

He said the planning commission felt Violet Schmid's proposal would burden Hollinger Avenue, which already is heavily traveled by the customers of two banks.

Also, he said planners had concerns about adequate parking.

The planning commission agreed to hold a public hearing for a proposed single-family house on Locust Street, an alley that runs parallel with part of North Broad Street and is east of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Plans were submitted by Darwyn Benedict and Mike Henicle.

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