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Township supervisors delay action on subdivision

October 25, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township supervisors decided no action was the best action on Tuesday evening after finding a developer made a few extra changes to its already approved plans.

The developer, Molly Pitcher LLC of Hagerstown, asked board approval for changes made to a roadway in its proposed 500-lot planned residential development (PRD) along U.S. 11, when supervisors noted the developer also moved two lots in the plan.

Supervisors were divided as to whether moving the two lots was a "significant" change in the plans and asked Township Solicitor John Lisko to look into the issue before they would approve any changes.

Anne Anderson of CEDG, which drew up the plans, said the lots were moved about 100 feet to accommodate changes made to the roadway. She said the changes would improve the development's stormwater management.

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"We can make a dramatic difference in the 100-year storm plain," Anderson argued.

Lisko said Tuesday was the first he heard of the two lots being moved, and said the change "could be a problem." He added that any "significant" change would require the developer to resubmit plans for public hearing.

Supervisor Samuel Miller, who pointed out the two moved lots, argued that the change was indeed "significant" and said the developer should be required to resubmit plans for a public hearing.

Before Miller pointed out the two moved lots, board chairman Robert Whitmore said the developer's other changes did not require action by the board because they were in line with the township's ordinance.

In addition to submitting changes, developer Molly Pitcher LLC also withdrew preliminary plans submitted for the 500-lot development on Tuesday. Township zoning officer Angela Garland said township PRD ordinances do not allow developers to submit preliminary plans, only final plans.

Since the developer was not prepared to submit final plans, Garland suggested they withdraw the plans to remove them from the township's record.

In executive session Tuesday, supervisors discussed the recently denied Creek Farm Village development, but did not provide the public with details of the closed-door discussion. Creek Farm was a proposed 902-unit subdivision planned for Pa. 16 west of Greencastle.

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