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Antrim Township officials hear opinions on 902-unit plan

August 24, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township Supervisors addressed issues with the proposed 902-unit Creek Farm Village planned residential development (PRD) at a public hearing Wednesday.

Residents and expert witnesses spoke on behalf of Antrim Township, offering testimony on issues ranging from traffic flow to sewage and water management.

Township Solicitor John Lisko, attorney Bryan Salzmann and members of the board of supervisors questioned witnesses on whether the developer's proposal met township and state requirements.

The development is proposed on land across from Talhelm's gas station on Pa. 16 west of Greencastle.

Gregory Creasy of Grove Miller Engineering of Harrisburg, Pa., testified about the traffic impact study conducted for the Creek Farm Village PRD. Speaking on behalf of the township, Creasy said the traffic study made recommendations for relieving the congestion at intersections affected by the proposed PRD. He said the study did not indicate whether the developer planned to carry out any of the recommendations.

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Creasy said making the changes recommended by the study would make the developer's proposal fit the township's requirements for easing the flow of traffic through intersections.

Arguing on behalf of the developer, Salzmann emphasized that many of the intersections in question involved state roads. Creasy said changes or improvements to state roads would require approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

Salzmann questioned Creasy about whether PennDOT regulations override township regulations. Creasy testified he was unaware if PennDOT approval would come before any township regulations.

Lisko also called David Brinjac, engineer for the Antrim Township Municipal Authority since 1998, to testify on behalf of the township about sewage and water issues. In his testimony, Brinjac said developers offered three options for dealing with the sewage and water issues of the PRD, including building private sewer and water facilities for the development.

Brinjac said, however, that the developer did not make "adequate provisions" for accommodating the sewer and water of the Creek Farm Village PRD.

Tim Cormany, of Martin and Martin in Chambersburg, Pa., agreed that the developer's plan did not show intent to use any of the three options for managing sewage and water.

Residents also were given the opportunity to testify and were asked to take a collective oath at the beginning of the hearing. When asked to take the oath, a majority of the residents in attendance stood and were sworn in. More than 50 residents attended Wednesday's hearing. By 9:30 p.m., no residents had testified on behalf of the township.

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