Township planners consider development plans

October 09, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - From an agenda with nearly 450 homes for consideration, the Washington Township Planning Commission considered three major developments on Monday.

Farmspring Estates

Revised final plans for Farmspring Estates, on Washington Township Boulevard, was recommended for approval by the planning commission. They will go before the township supervisors for an ultimate decision.

North End Developers LLC scaled back plans to reflect 152 town houses, decreasing the number of units from six to five per lot at Farmspring Estates.

A surveyor who reviewed the plans expressed concern about sharp curves around the development, according to Jerry Zeigler, township code enforcement officer.


The curves might require signs, but they do meet township requirements, Zeigler said.

Randy Kuhn, a member of the planning commission, shared frustration with the entrances to the development and the potential need for a turning lane there on Washington Township Boulevard.

"I don't think we're doing a very good job with traffic," he said.

Zeigler said the developer agreed to work with the needs of the relief route in that area.

"We're out there digging for the boulevard now if you haven't noticed," he said, referring to the section at Gehr Road.

Landmark Acquisitions

Township staff have asked to meet with developer Landmark Acquisitions regarding apartments planned behind Wal-Mart and Lowe's in Rouzerville, Pa.

"There are a number of issues. There are omissions on this plan," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

The planning commission, for the second time, tabled any recommendations regarding the submittal, which shows 128 rental apartments. The major access to the homes would be the road that splits Wal-Mart and Lowe's.

"It's so close to a major commercial area and parking lot. (It needs) some type of screening and safety barriers, so children aren't wandering in the parking lot and strangers aren't walking in the (development). I think security is a real issue," said Elena Kehoe, a member of the planning commission.

The Waynesboro Area School District will be asked whether an area should be designated for school buses to pull over, after Kuhn said he doesn't think it is safe for the buses to be stopped on Old Forge Road.

Sheffield Manor

M&H Construction moved a step closer to approval for another expansion of Sheffield Manor. The plans will go before the township supervisors this month.

Earlier this year, the Waynesboro developers went through the process to have a mix of housing types approved in a planned residential development.

As promised, they have returned with a mix of single-family houses and multifamily units on 134 lots off Gehr Road and London Bridge Drive.

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