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Township votes against creating zoning ordinance

August 09, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to stop the forward motion of a recreational zoning ordinance that would preserve Greencastle Greens as a golf course.

The motion adopted by the supervisors made the issue of recreational zoning a component for discussion within the township's comprehensive plan.

The decision followed discussion about community backing of the ordinance. Attorney Ed Wine urged the board to make the decision to send the recreational zoning to a public hearing.

"It is a balancing act," Wine said. "You (the board) have to balance the risks against the benefits."

Wine urged the board to support recreational zoning, saying that the benefit of creating a recreational zoning ordinance would outweigh the risk of litigation.

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Township Supervisor Scott Diffenderfer questioned whether the community would back a township decision in favor of recreational zoning if it went to court.

"The community would have to stay behind this all the way to the court," Diffenderfer said. "I don't know if they will. We (the board and the community) either swim together or sink together."

Township supervisors were concerned that a vote to send the ordinance to a public hearing would expose the township to potential litigation over whether the ordinance endorsed spot zoning.

Township Supervisor Curtis Myers argued that recreational zoning would be more safely addressed in the township's comprehensive plan.

Tony Rivellino of Greencastle suggested that the board seek a second opinion.

"Just like an operation, you'd get a second opinion before you'd have a tumor removed," Rivellino said. "I think this is too important for the community. It is the biggest thing that Greencastle has."

Myers' motion to not create a recreational zoning ordinance at this time was adopted with the provision that it be included as a component in the township's comprehensive plan.

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