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Washington Township requests county review of rezoning

August 03, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors agreed Monday to send information about five locations slated for possible rezoning to county authorities for their review.

Affected are 19 existing houses in the 14000 block of Harbaugh Church Road, Bayside Homes on Mentzer Gap Road and 15 parcels in the 14000 block of Buchanan Trail East near the intersection with Old Route 16.

Those would change from R2 (medium-density residential) to R1 (low-density residential) if rezoned by the supervisors.

Also being considered are changes to a property owned by the supervisors and another by Lynn Martin. The first would change a parking lot near Happels Meadow wetlands from commercial to forest conservation, while the latter would change a property at 14332 Buchanan Trail East from commercial to R1.

Last week, the supervisors talked to representatives of Woodcrest Estates about land north of Mentzer Gap Road. The township's comprehensive plan called for that land to be rezoned from R2 to forest conservation.

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However, Woodcrest's developers said they might someday build some town houses on a ridge. They said they intend to maintain forested areas and dedicate a walking trail to the supervisors.

That section of Woodcrest was not on the list approved by the supervisors, but Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said she'd like to hear comments from Supervisors John Gorman and Stephen Kulla. They were absent from the meeting.

The supervisors rejected 11 rezoning matters included in the comprehensive plan, which was finalized last year.

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