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Planning commission recommends approval of land-development plans

Auto Zone eyed for property in Waynesboro

September 10, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Washington Township (Pa.) Planning Commission on Monday recommended approval of land-development plans for a property being eyed for Auto Zone.

Motorists accessing the 7,380-square-foot building would use Geiser Avenue off East Main Street.

Ronnie Martin from Long-Mar LLC, the developer, said even with municipal approval of the plans, the retailer might not commit. He said the problem is the township impact fees on certain new development.

“With the impact fees, this may not go,” Martin said.

He said the impact fees could be about $47,000 for the project.

Traffic impact fees are assessed on new development in a defined geographic zone to fund development of Washington Township Boulevard.

The planning commission makes recommendations to the Washington Township Supervisors, who will vote on whether to approve the plans.

The planning commission decided to recommend approval of not only the land-development plans, but also a waiver for parking on a slice of the land zoned residential.

Planners questioned why Auto Zone would want to open at the intersection where there is an existing Advance Auto Parts. Martin said the pair would feed off each other.

“That’s what they do all the time,” Martin said.

Auto Zone would lease the land, but construct its own building, he said.

The building would be flanked by a retaining wall reaching 12 feet at its highest point. A 4-foot fence would be on top of it.

Martin, who is a Realtor, blamed impact fees for contributing to stalled economic development.

“We’re not over that hurdle,” he said.

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