WAYNESBORO, Pa. --Â Proposed regulations to protect streams in Washington Township, Pa., were tweaked Monday to exclude new land subdivision from the rules and only require stream bank restoration if two or more new houses are built on the property.
The so-called riparian buffer ordinance remains in draft form and is months away from being put into effect. However, several property owners have already spoken strongly against the idea.
"Don't force me as a property owner to relinquish my property rights," said Christine McKinney, who has 20 acres of land along a stream.
If enacted, the ordinance would establish 75 feet worth of protected land on either side of a stream if the property is submitted for development. The landowner would still own that parcel, but a conservation easement on deeds would restrict what activities are permitted.