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Washington Township reviews housing plans for Pa. pumpkin farm

October 12, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township's municipal officials this week continued to negotiate changes to land development plans for Reynolds' Farm, a popular pumpkin patch that attracts thousands of children and parents every fall.

If approved, the preliminary land development plans for 14 homes off Gehr Road would be good for five years.

"We're planning on going another four or five years" with the pumpkin operations, William Reynolds said Wednesday.

"After that, we'll see," he said.

"This development is for larger lots. There was discussion about connecting to neighboring properties for future developments," said Charlie Sterner, a representative of engineering firm C.S. Davidson Inc.

"One (easement) is over 1,000 feet long as I understand it," he said.

Surveyor R. Lee Royer negotiated with the township supervisors to remove some easements and leave others. He was unable to convince the supervisors to remove one easement on the west end of the development, which would connect to the John Gehr property.

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"Someone's going to build almost a quarter-mile of road to connect those developments," Royer said.

Some supervisors said that if the Gehr property were developed, the potential residents could want innerconnectivity.

"If a person's on a bike and has a friend over here, why should he go down to Gehr Road?" Supervisor Chris Firme asked.

The houses proposed on William and Lois Reynolds' land are planned on five- and six-acre lots due to nitrate levels in the soil.

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