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Supervisors deny 902-unit development

October 04, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Following 35 minutes of closed-door discussion, Antrim Township Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to deny a 902-unit development west of Greencastle for reasons they would not disclose. Instead, the supervisors referred reporters and the public to a 31-page fact-finding document, copies of which they said would not be available until today.

Thomas Mongold, representative of developer Buchanan Trail Creek Farm LLC of Mercersburg, Pa., said the developer will appeal the decision.

Earlier in the meeting, supervisors voted down a motion by Curtis Myers to "deny the Creek Farm Village development, but allow the developer to submit plans for a 400- to 500-lot by-right (traditional) development."

Myers said the way he saw the issue, "we can spend taxpayers' money fighting this lawsuit, but win or lose, the land is R1 (low density residential) and somebody is going to develop it. Why not this guy?"

Supervisor Robert Whitmore debated Myers' motion, saying it violated current ordinances. He asked Myers to separate his motion declaring, "separate them and you have a great motion." Myers refused.

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The remaining discussion on Creek Farm Village was held behind closed doors. Supervisor Samuel Miller moved to have the executive discussion to discuss a related letter which he said was confidential.

Buchanan Trail Creek Farm LLC originally submitted plans in 2005 for the development, which at the time was 980-units across from Talhelm's Gas Station.

Since then, the developer has appealed two township decisions on Creek Farm Village. Both appeals remain tied up in court.

About 20 people attended the meeting.




How they voted



Motion 1: Antrim Township Supervisors voted 3-1 against the motion to deny the Creek Farm Village development, but allow the developer to submit plans for a 400- to 500-lot by-right traditional development.

Voting for: Curtis Myers

Voting against: Robert Whitmore, Samuel Miller and James Byers

Scott Diffenderfer was absent.

Motion 2: The supervisors later voted 3-1 to deny the Creek Farm Village development.

Voting for: Whitmore, Miller and Byers

Voting against: Myers

Diffenderfer was absent.

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