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Development receives final OK in Antrim Township

June 14, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The Antrim Township (Pa.) Supervisors have given final approval to a planned residential development already being built in phases on Pa. 16 west of Greencastle across from Calvary Bible Church.

Started five years ago on 56 acres, the Rolling Hills development will have approximately 150 homes when fully built in the next few years. It will be a mix of single-family houses, duplexes and town houses with about 30 percent of the land dedicated to open space.

The houses from developer Artery of Bethesda, Md., will all rely on wells for water. One hydrologist commented that the wells might perform poorly in a drought, prompting discussion at the township supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

"(The hydrologist) said, 'We don't have a complete picture of what is underground,'" Attorney Paul Schemel said, speaking for the developer.

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The wells performed adequately in a pump test conducted in 2002, Schemel said. The ones in place have had little impact on neighbors' water quality, he said.

"Twenty-six lots have been drilled for years ... with no demonstrative change," Schemel said, noting there is no "practical way" to provide public water to the development.

Final approval passed with supervisors James Byers, Samuel Miller and Curtis Myers in favor, Supervisor Scott Diffenderfer dissenting and Supervisor Robert Whitmore absent.

The performance of wells in droughts "is an extremely important issue not only for this, but the entire township," Township Manager Ben Thomas Jr. said.

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