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Stottlemyer Road development favored by planners

February 13, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Planning Commission on Monday recommended final approval for a 184-lot housing development along Stottlemyer Road.

The recommendation for approval came on a 3-1 decision in favor of the plan's final changes, with commissioner Randy Kuhn voting against the Farm Spring Estates development.

Mark Bard of All Land Services Inc., a surveyor for North End Developers LLC, said the only change made to the development since it was last favored by the planning commission was the extension of Marshall Drive.

"Instead of changing Stottlemyer Road to connect to Washington Township Boulevard, we extended Marshall Drive to connect to the boulevard," he said. "Stottlemyer Road will stay as is."

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The change was met with dissension by Kuhn, who said traffic was his main concern for the development.

"It concerns me that there are only two ways out for (the homes)," he said.

The plans were approved for recommendation to the Washington Township Supervisors contingent on three notes being added to the plan, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

The notes requested by township solicitor John Lisko included notation of when the playground and pool areas will be added to the development, that recreation plans be recorded with the final plan and that the design of Marshall Drive be submitted to engineering firm C.S. Davidson Inc. for its approval.

The first phase of the development is under construction, according to Ted Snowberger, a representative of North End Developers LLC.

The development will include 208 units, two recreation areas, a pool and a clubhouse.

The planning commission also reviewed a sketch plan Monday to develop the William Reynolds Farm along Gehr Road, commonly referred to as the pumpkin farm, into 15 lots each approximately six acres.

Surveyor R. Lee Royer presented the sketch plan to the commission Monday and told commissioners that the nitrate levels identified by a hydrology study dictated the size of the lots.

"Because of the high nitrate in the soil, DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) requires each lot to be at least six acres," he said.

Royer said he and the developer, Reynolds, hope to have preliminary plans submitted for review in April 2007.

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