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Township supervisors give developer more time to plan

March 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A controversial rezoning request in Washington Township, Pa., has been put on hold under an agreement reached with WAM Enterprises, the developer of the 78-acre Pifer farm along Washington Township Boulevard.

The township supervisors in December 2005 rezoned the property from agricultural to residential, but they started the process to reverse that decision in January when new supervisors took office.

The agreement accepted Monday gives WAM Enterprises 120 days to create plans for the development that incorporate aspects of conservation by design, according to Township Manager Mike Christopher.

Conservation by design is a method of planning for future growth by controlling the density of developments.

The same rezoning situation applied to the adjacent Mason farm, which is also 78 acres.

While there are no plans to develop the Mason farm, the supervisors indicated they would give any future developer the same 120-day window to present plans.

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