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Church submits plans for new complex

May 09, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Concept plans have been submitted to the Waynesboro Planning Commission for a new, 160,000-square-foot Otterbein Church on Welty Road.

"Just one floor alone is 3.6 acres," Director of Borough Engineering Kevin Grubbs said. The number of stories at the church has not been specified, he said.

The building is proposed on about 50 acres of land along with 1,228 parking spaces and a pavilion, barn and shed, according to plans.

"Engineers will be involved because we're dealing with wetlands," Grubbs said.

Church officials have discussed using bioretention features in the parking lot and a series of pipes to minimize runoff and the flow into the nearby Antietam Creek, he said.

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Any bioretention services could be affected by the water table in the wetlands and flood plains, Grubbs said.

"That groundwater level is going to have to be determined," Grubbs said.

The church is proposed in a planned residential zone but could be permitted as a house of worship through an "educational use," Grubbs said.

"This is the first time I've ever had anything other than a residential development in a PR zone," Grubbs said.

He said he estimates there would be seating for 3,000 people, and there are four entrances from Welty Road.

"If there are 1,000 cars in that parking lot, how do we handle traffic when church lets out?" Planning Commission Chairman Jon Fleagle asked.

He and Grubbs agreed they should ask the church to provide a traffic impact study with the official plans.

The church currently offers three services, Grubbs said.

"They don't all leave or come in all at one time," Councilman Allen Porter said.

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