WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Using existing housing developments and waterways, officials from Washington Township, Pa., will soon be examining how proposed riparian buffer regulations will affect property owners.
Township supervisors Christopher Firme and John Gorman have whittled a 20-page model ordinance down to 10 pages dictating how future subdivisions will protect streams, creeks and wetlands.
Their draft is before township staff and the board of supervisors as a whole for consideration and revisions.
"There's a certain type of vegetation and canopy cover that's required for water quality," Gorman said at a workshop meeting Wednesday.
Depending on property and scope of development, certain developers might have to not only preserve the existing stream buffers, but enhance them under the ordinance.