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More development requests headed to supervisors

April 27, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors soon will be asked to approve 108 additional town houses in the Farmspring Estates development on Stottlemyer Road.

North End Developers LLC would agree to create a left-turn lane from Washington Township Boulevard to Stottlemyer Road as suggested by one engineer, developer Ronnie Martin said at the supervisors' workshop Wednesday.

Construction of the 100 homes in the first phase of the development could begin next week, he said.

"This won't happen all overnight," Martin said. "This will be a few years."

Township Manager Mike Christopher highlighted designated play areas in the development on a night when the supervisors were handed a packet of information containing more than 50 pages about Conservation by Design.

Conservation by Design is a method of development that pays special attention to existing features of the land while preserving open space.

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The packet, which will be under review by the supervisors, is the draft ordinance currently before the Antrim Township Supervisors. Conservation by Design could replace provisions for planned residential developments in both townships.

The Antrim Township Supervisors have scheduled a hearing on Conservation by Design for 7 p.m. May 30 in the Rhodes Grove Center on Brownsville Road.

"I'm about 90 percent sold (on Conservation by Design), but I still have a few questions," Washington Township Supervisor Stewart McCleaf said.

His concerns have echoed that of other supervisors regarding the maintenance and ownership of open space, especially if a homeowners association rejects the space.

The supervisors have been invited to participate in a bus tour of Conservation by Design developments in Chester County, Pa., on May 19, and several recently attended a class on the development standards.

Christopher made the supervisors aware of a concern about left turns exiting the parking lot of a Sheetz planned at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Washington Township Boulevard. Engineers feel the turning difficulties would be fully realized when Washington Township Boulevard is completely built with estimates of 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles traveling it daily, he said.

Washington Township Boulevard is planned in phases lasting until 2014.

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