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Hearing set on Creek Farm Village

August 11, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The latest public hearing about a planned residential development known as Creek Farm Village has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Rescue Hose Co. Fire Hall Community Room at 842 S. Washington St.

The development has been proposed as 902 units, with a mix of housing types, on 307 acres across from Talhelm's Gas Station west of Greencastle in Antrim Township, Pa. Representatives of the developer have said Creek Farm Village would have a large "active adult" population with residents 55 and older.

Buchanan Trail Creek Farm LLC of Mercersburg, Pa., originally had submitted the proposal early this year as a 980-unit planned residential development, which is a method of building designed to use several housing types and preserve open space.

Those plans met public dissent and were withdrawn in February.

The development then became entangled in legal questions with the resubmitted plans in April. The developer had submitted both traditional development plans, which solely incorporated 837 single-family houses, and a planned residential development simultaneously.

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In June, the township board of supervisors voted to proceed with the planned residential development. Developments of those nature require the supervisors to hold hearings for public comment.

Previous concerns presented by residents and the supervisors have focused on traffic, utilities, public services and schools.

Township officials had pushed the developer to include a gated exit only to be opened by emergency responders or township staff. The planning commission learned on Monday that the developer won't voluntarily include the exit, and it would have to be required by the supervisors with their possible approval.

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