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Review of development plans delayed

August 08, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The Antrim Township Planning Commission on Monday delayed its review of housing-development plans on the town's only golf course based on a written request from the developer's attorney.

The 192 single-family houses submitted as The Preserve at Greencastle would not actually preserve, but rather eliminate the Greencastle Greens Golf Course two miles north of the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16. The course is already surrounded by homes in the Greencastle Greens and Fairways at Greencastle Greens developments.

The Planning Commission tabled its recommendation for the preliminary plans because township staff has not fully reviewed them and the attorney for GIBG Golf LLC asked for the postponement, Assistant Township Zoning Officer Sylvia House said.

The new development could yield nearly 1,900 additional vehicles traveling daily on Castlegreen Drive and Colonial Drive, which are the proposed access roads, according to a traffic study by Grove Miller Engineering Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa.

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It also could contribute to the necessity of traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Williamson Road before 2018, the study said. Additional signals could become necessary at the Walter Avenue intersections with U.S. 11 and Williamson Road, according to the study.

Using Conservation by Design guidelines set forth by the township, Dawood Associates Inc. of Carlisle, Pa., preserved open space in a four-step process. That called for the engineers to delineate greenway lands, lay out house sites, align streets and trails, and draw lot lines.

Dawood Associates Inc. also identified 18 wetlands, totaling 12 acres. The largest wetland is 9.291 acres and most are small ditches, the study reported.

The development proposes using public water and sewer but has not been approved for either.

Residents of neighboring developments have said they bought their houses under the belief the course would be there perpetually.

Paul Schemel, a local attorney representing the residences through Greens of Greencastle LP, told property owners in July that an injunctive action is in the works based on an original deed that called for the golf course to remain in place.

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