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Land-use appeal dropped, township supervisors hear

March 06, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors were informed Wednesday that a land-use appeal in Franklin County Court has been withdrawn.

The withdrawal is a result of a settlement between other parties involved in a dispute over a 54-unit development near Harbaugh Reformed Church, Township Solicitor John Lisko said.

Early last year, the Harbaugh Cemetery Association sued Washington Township over concerns associated with the Glen Afton Farm housing development planned by Elgin Properties Inc. of Towson, Md.

The association oversees Harbaugh Cemetery, which is adjacent to two lots in the development and across the street from several others. A representative of the association declined to comment Wednesday.

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Several years ago, the Harbaugh Cemetery Association and a group of residents fought a plan by Susan Elgin to build 169 homes on her property.

The cemetery association and residents contended that the township zoning hearing board, not the supervisors, should have granted variances for the project. The dispute went through several appeals, which eventually ended in favor of the cemetery association and residents.

The plans that received preliminary approval in December 2005 show the single-family homes on lots about 2 acres in size.

In other business:

· The township supervisors approved 21 units in the Avalon Park development on Polktown Road.

· They also granted preliminary approval to 22 single-family houses. The proposed access for those houses in Greenridge Farms is a panhandle off Brookdale Road.

· Washington Township Police Chief Barry Keller was given the OK to purchase four Ford Crown Victorias for $87,000 through a state contract.

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