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Waynesboro Council delays action on downtown issues

October 20, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council tabled a proposed ordinance on a zero-setback and downtown business district ordinance after residents voiced significant concern for the first time publicly.

The proposed zero-setback ordinance, considered for more than a year, had received little commentary from residents until Wednesday. Coupled with a proposal for a downtown business district, borough council tabled the decision to consider the comments offered on Wednesday.

"These were the first real comments we've had," Council President Richard George said. "We will take the comments into consideration before making a decision."

Residents were both resistant and supportive of the zero-setback ordinance.

"The zero-lot line is going to be a problem for all new buildings," local Realtor Ronnie Martin said. Martin and local property owner Craig Mahrle argued the ordinance would limit owners from having options.

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On the other side of the fence, Stephen Monn of Waynesboro said the ordinance was designed to make the streets safe. "Zero-setback makes the streets pedestrian friendly so people feel comfortable walking downtown," he said.

Residents also raised issues of uniformity, parking and downtown residencies to the council.

After listening to the comments, both George and councilman Craig Newcomer said the issue should be tabled.

"I am hesitant to make a decision now," Newcomer said during the meeting. "Now we are hearing good, valued concerns."

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger reminded council that if it chose to table the zero-setback, it would have to also table the downtown business district.

In a unanimous vote, the council chose to consider the commentary of residents tabling both issues.

Hamberger said he does not know when the issues will be up for vote again but said when the council alerts him of a decision, he will advertise the issues for meeting.

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