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Blue Oak development plan shows fewer lots

March 29, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A controversial development off Pennersville Road in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., has been scaled back from 18 lots to four as shown in draft plans from the developer.

The Blue Oak development, which met criticism for its proximity to wetlands, now is planned on 2.47 acres, with 7.35 acres being conveyed to Washington Township, Pa., for an addition to the Happel's Meadow Wetland Preserve.

The township has agreed to pay $300,000 for six acres of the land and is awaiting word on whether it was approved for a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant toward the purchase price.

The supervisors on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of sketch plans from Kylea & Associates Inc. of Mercersburg, Pa. A representative of the developer will be asked to attend a future supervisors' workshop meeting.

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Some of the supervisors said they were expecting to receive more than 1.35 acres from the developer to supplement the six they are purchasing.

"Originally, I think we got two acres out of him, not just 1.3," Supervisor Christopher Firme said.

Part of the supervisors' agreement with Kylea & Associates permitted the developer to create access to the homes with 20-foot panhandles. The township also reserves 25 feet from the center of Pennersville Road for the potential of future widening.

The land is zoned low-density residential.

At their regular meeting April 2, the supervisors are expected to vote on a proposal to split design costs of Washington Township Boulevard between Pa. 997 and Pa. 316 with developer B2M2 of Waynesboro.

CEDG Engineers of Mechanicsburg, Pa., would design the road for $13,500, and the township would be responsible for half of the cost.

B2M2 "is going to design the whole road, and they're only using a little piece of it," Supervisor Carroll Sturm said.

"This is an area where we don't have anything cooking, but I think it'd be advantageous to know where" the boulevard is going, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Washington Township Boulevard is a $14.3 million relief route being built in phases north of Waynesboro.

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