North Huntingdon rezones land in Altman Farms plan
North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday approved a request for a zoning change that will allow a developer to build multi-unit housing in the Altman Farms neighborhood.
Although people who live near the 35.65-acre former farm off Gina Drive packed a public hearing earlier this month to raise concerns about an increase in traffic and the prospect of losing greenspace, no one spoke against the project before commissioners changed the zoning from single-family residential housing to a Planned Residential Development district.
The change to PRD zoning permits multi-family housing. It was approved by a 6-0 vote, with Commissioner Thomas Kraus was absent.
Developer Robert Shuster has proposed building “quadplexes” that have four attached homes for a total of 40 homes that would sell for $300,000 to $350,000 each.
Township Manager John Shepherd said an ordinance will have to be created to implement the zoning change, which will require a public hearing and a vote by township commissioners.
Issues such as traffic control, buffer zones and storm-water management that address a project's impact will also have to be considered by the township's planners and approved by commissioners.
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