Seven are named to township zoning committee

October 17, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed seven citizens to serve on its conservation zoning committee.

The seven members, all of whom applied for the committee, will work with supervisors Christopher Firme and John Gorman to update the township's current PRD (planned residential development) ordinance until they can draft a new conservation zoning ordinance.

Carroll Sturm, chairman of the board of supervisors, said, "if the committee is really good, they will be able to keep PRD and add conservation zoning."

Gorman will serve as chairman of the committee on which Raymond Eckhart, Elaine Gladhill, Mike Henicle, Kathy Shaffer, Athena Varonis, Samuel Welty, Elena Kehoe and Firme will serve. The board selected assistant code enforcement officer Matt Watson to administrate its new conservation zoning committee.


While the supervisors named seven to the committee on Monday, they want to add two more. Supervisor Paul Benchoff suggested the board add a representative of the agricultural community to the committee saying, he would prefer it include someone who "actively makes a living in agriculture rather than someone who was a farmer."

In addition to an agricultural representative, Gorman recommended the board hire a professional planner.

"A planner would have experience and know what works and what doesn't," he justified.

The board agreed to add both an agricultural representative and a planner to the committee, if possible. Benchoff, a farmer for 35 years, offered to find "an ag rep," and Gorman said the township is investigating the cost of hiring a planner.

Sturm said the board will notify those selected for the committee in writing and should host the first committee meeting "sometime in early November."

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