Council in Waynesboro bucks planners, OKs rezoning

August 17, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday went against the recommendation of its planning commission and rezoned a Pa. 316 property slated to be the new headquarters of Frick Federal Credit Union.

The former convenience store at 405 N. Grant St. was a nonconforming use in a medium-density residential zone. The council's action rezoned the property to general commercial.

Remodeling the existing structure will make the credit union's move financially possible, a representative of the credit union's long-range planning committee said.

Several residents of the street opposed the rezoning, saying additional traffic only would compound an already dangerous road traveled by children visiting Northside Pool.


The council told residents their concerns about crosswalks, signs and police patrols would be better addressed by the street committee and didn't completely affect the rezoning request.

A traffic study found that between 2,300 and 2,400 vehicles travel that section of road in each direction daily, according to Director of Borough Engineering Kevin Grubbs.

The majority of vehicles travel about 46 mph in the 25-mph zone, Grubbs said. Borough police responded to three accidents in 2003, three in 2004, six in 2005 and none so far in 2006 in the area, he said.

The planning commission opposed the rezoning, with one of its members expressing concerns it would start a domino effect for others to come forward with commercial zoning requests.

Representatives of developer Ronnie Martin said 20 vehicles could be backed up at the drive-through before they would encroach on the street.

The credit union, which has about 1,700 members, maintains business hours Monday through Friday at its offices at the intersection of CV Avenue and King Street. It is considering adding Saturday morning hours, representatives said.

"I know I'm going to make a lot of enemies," Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon said as he made the motion to rezone the property.

It was seconded by Councilman Allen Porter and supported by councilmen Craig Newcomer and Dick George. Opposed were councilmen Allen Berry and Jason Stains.

How they voted

The Waynesboro Borough Council voted 4-2 to approve a rezoning request at the site of a former convenience store at 405 N. Potomac St.

For: Charles McCammon, Allen Porter, Craig Newcomer, Dick George.

Against: Allen Berry and Jason Stains.

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