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Township development reviewed

May 15, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Planning Commission on Monday tabled the vast majority of its plans until a future meeting, but it did learn more about a 122-lot residential development proposed on Orchard Road north of Waynesboro.

Greg Lambert, a representative of developer B2M2, said steps have been taken to reduce the expected amount of storm water runoff from impervious surfaces like driveways and roofs.

There had been concerns that runoff would affect a church pavilion in the area, he said.

Lambert said proper management techniques show that runoff will be less after development than before construction.

The developer is proposing to build in three phases of about 40 single-family homes each, Lambert said.

He said he will be seeking preliminary approval for the development at next month's planning commission meeting.

Planning Commission Member Elena Kehoe expressed dissatisfaction with the developer's choice to pay recreation fees rather than create parks or open space within the development.

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"It is a suboptimal design if you don't have play areas," she said.

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