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Hearing set on development request in township

June 13, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township, Pa., will host a public hearing as its planning commission and township supervisors review a proposal for 42 town houses and 168 condominiums on an extension of Sheffield Manor Boulevard.

The homes are proposed as a planned residential development south of Stottlemyer Road. As a PRD, open space has been incorporated into the application submitted by M&H Construction of Waynesboro.

"It's a little over an acre of active play area," local surveyor R. Lee Royer said at a planning commission meeting Monday.

The public hearing was tentatively scheduled for July 5.

The condominiums are proposed in 14 12-unit buildings, Royer said. The town houses would have garages behind them, he said.

"We're going to do this in phases ... depending on what the market does," Royer said, estimating one phase per year. Each phase could build two or three condominium buildings, he said.

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Developer Mike Henicle said he will soon present the planning commission with a proposal for single-family houses directly south of the PRD.

The only PRD to win approval in the township was Glen Afton Farm near Harbaugh Cemetery. That 54-unit development has since become tied up in legal disputes.

The planning commission on Monday granted preliminary approval for 231 single-family houses on 138 acres along Tomstown Road near the intersection with Pa. 997.

That development, proposed by Countywide Development Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., could eliminate a section of Tomstown Road that meets Pa. 997. Instead, Tomstown Road would send traffic onto Washington Township Boulevard, a relief route being built in stages north of Waynesboro.

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