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Property owner seeks rezoning of Waynesboro land

January 09, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Rezoning 44.9 acres in the south end of Waynesboro would open up that land to future development, although no specific plans exist, the property owner said Monday.

Dave George, of D.L. George & Sons, said his family took ownership of the land when it purchased the adjacent former Landis Tool Co. complex in 2009. Now, their corporation, GEOFAM, is seeking to rezone the site near Cemetery Avenue, Old Mill Road and Ninth Street.

If approved by the Waynesboro Borough Council, the land would be rezoned from medium-density residential to industrial.

“We thought it was in the borough’s best interest, as well as ours, to rezone it and get some businesses in there,” George said.

The Waynesboro Planning Commission decided at its Monday meeting that it will recommend that the borough council approve the request.

“This makes a lot of sense to me. It seems like the right thing to do,” said Dick Rose, planning commission member.

Planning commission member Al Porter said the opposite side of Ninth Street is already zoned industrial.

“It seems like a very logical thing to do,” Porter said.

George said a few businesses have expressed interest in moving to that area, but there aren’t specific plans. He said it would be some time after approval that any development could begin.

Planning commission member Stephen Monn said industrial businesses generate more tax revenue for the borough than residential properties.

“I can’t think of any reason to object to it,” he said.

A public hearing on the rezoning is scheduled for the Waynesboro Borough Council meeting on Feb. 15. That meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in borough hall at 55 E. Main St.

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