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Washington Township Supervisors approve Layman development

October 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday granted preliminary approval to one major development and indicated they plan to approve another in coming weeks.

The supervisors preliminarily approved homes and four commercial lots on David and Barbara Layman's land between Old Forge Road and Washington Township Boulevard to the north and west of Wal-Mart in Rouzerville, Pa. Eighteen duplexes and 43 town houses are proposed in Layman Ridge Condominiums.

"These are to be more inclined to seniors," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Paul Gunder of Encore Development told The Herald-Mail in March that the Waynesboro developer hopes to establish an active adult community. The town houses are proposed to be built on four private roads.

A representative of the developer said he plans to build a motel, a fast-food restaurant, a sit-down restaurant and a shopping center behind Wal-Mart, although no tenants have been established. The commercial lots in Red Run Center range from 1.28 acres to 6.86 acres.

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Final land development plans must be submitted for the site, which has one entrance off Old Forge Road and one off Washington Township Boulevard. The developer has been asked to install a traffic light for connection to future development on the Laymans' land on the other side of Old Forge Road.

Martin's Village

In other business, the supervisors asked their legal counsel to draft documents they'll need to soon grant tentative approval to the Martin's Village planned residential development. The supervisors hosted a public hearing Monday concerning the homes proposed northwest of the intersection of Stottlemyer and Gehr roads, partially along the path of a soon-to-be-built section of Washington Township Boulevard.

Plans from Rod Krebs of York County, Pa., show 110 town houses, 38 carriage houses or duplexes, and 44 single-family houses built on various points of a large hill.

"At the last hearing, there were five issues you wanted us to address. We did so and gave you a new drawing," Krebs said.

The developer added sidewalks on one side of the roads, talked to the Waynesboro Area School District about a good bus stop, addressed lighting needs and met with Waynesboro's fire chief regarding hydrants and emergency vehicles' access.

Not included in the planned residential development are commercial lots that Krebs previously said would be small businesses to serve the housing development.

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