Board OK's zoning change for Hyland Road property
Despite the worries of neighboring property owners, Penn Township commissioners on Monday approved the rezoning of a Hyland Road property that would be the site of a proposed housing complex for people ages 55 and older.
Commissioners voted 4-1, with Paul Wersing opposed, to change the zoning of Donald and Carol Adams' 19.7-acre property from business and agricultural use to R-3 residential. CSW Financial LLC is interested in the property to build between 180 and 220 apartment units in a four-story building.
Some neighbors testified at an October hearing that the proposed apartment building would be incompatible with the rural character of their area in Penn Township. Some attended Monday's meeting but did not comment before the vote.
Township Solicitor Les Mlakar has described zoning district changes as “discretionary.”
He told the commissioners last month that they couldn't require an applicant for a rezoning to present a plan for the property, and they couldn't set conditions for a specific use of it.
The township's newest police officer has worked in neighboring Manor for more than four years.
Commissioners last week unanimously hired Robert Broome, pending his passing of a physical and drug and psychological testing.
Broome became a full-time officer in Manor in March after serving the borough on a part-time basis.
Penn Township will receive $25,432 for the sale of surplus asphalt millings to Tresco Paving Corp. of Plum.
Tresco, which had the township's road-paving contract in 2012, was the highest of three bidders for the materials.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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