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D.L. George & Sons seeks industrial zoning for Waynesboro land

January 05, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A prominent Waynesboro construction, manufacturing and transportation company is seeking to rezone 44.9 acres in the south end of Waynesboro.

D.L. George & Sons — through one of its related companies, GEOFAM — submitted a rezoning request with the Borough of Waynesboro.

In the request, GEOFAM asked to rezone land at Cemetery Avenue, Ninth Street and Old Mill Road, near Antietam Dairy and Green Hill Cemetery. The medium-density residential zoning would be changed to industrial zoning if the request is approved.

The company already owns the forested area.

The Waynesboro Planning Commission is expected to review the plan at its Monday meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in borough hall. A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15.

Representatives of D.L. George & Sons did not immediately return messages.

Kevin Grubbs, director of borough engineering, said the land was at one time zoned industrial, then changed to medium-density residential. If approved, the current request would restore the land to industrial zoning.

Officials from neighboring Washington Township, Pa., were asked by the borough to offer their thoughts on the request.

Township supervisors said Monday that they approved of  the rezoning but want to ensure stormwater is managed properly on the site.

“I’m concerned with the runoff because we already have a big issue down there,” Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

The runoff should be directed to an existing, small creek when the ground is saturated, supervisors Chairman Jeff Geesaman said.

Clint Rock, township planner, said the new zoning would tie into that area.

“It abuts industrial zoning in both the township and the borough,” he said.

The Washington Township Planning Commission will have its own rezoning request at its Monday meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at 13013 Welty Road.

Waynesboro’s Crosswalk Church is seeking to rezone the former Tri Fab Inc. building on the east side of Midvale Road between Homes by Keystone and Baumgardner Lane. The church has requested to rezone the property from industrial to agricultural.

Rock said the planning commission will review that request in greater detail in February, since it is currently submitted to county agencies.

Crosswalk Church’s present home is in the Gold’s Gym complex at 118 Walnut St.

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