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Plans for cell tower in Pa. supported

December 09, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Planning Commission is reviewing several development plans, including one for 72 mountaintop apartments and another for expansion of a storage and moving business.

The planning commission worked its way through a paltry agenda on Monday, tabling several items until further information is submitted.

The highlights:

Zody's Moving

Planners learned that Donald E. Zody has requested that almost 7 acres of land in Zullinger, Pa., be rezoned from residential to commercial. Doing so would allow Zody to expand his moving and storage business northwest of the intersection of Pa. 16 and Wharf Road.

"They'll actually make a presentation to you at the next meeting," Township Manager Mike Christopher told the board.

That meeting, Jan. 12, will include a public hearing regarding the plan.

Apartments

The planners delayed consideration of apartments in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., until they receive feedback from the water and sewer authority as well as the Franklin County Soil Conservation District.

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If approved, the development would consist of nine buildings with eight apartments in each. The plan from Mary L. Lindquist involves 17 acres of land slightly east of the intersection of Jacobs Church Road and Pa. 16

Liberty Towers

The planning commission conditionally approved land development plans for a 190-foot cell tower in Blue Ridge Summit. Planners' comments will be forwarded onto the Washington Township Supervisors, who have the ultimate say in plan approval.

The tower behind the Pen Mar Youth League ballfield on Pa. 16 already went through a lengthy conditional use process.

The planning commission will ask that the supervisors look at surrounding wetlands boundaries and an engineering firm's comments before making a final decision.

Chairman retirement

At the end of its regular meeting, the planning commission paused to thank longtime chairman Robert Peiffer and wish him well in his retirement from the board. His first meeting as a planning commission member was Aug. 3, 1981.

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