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Fate of 91-unit townhouse plan in Indiana Township could be decided tonight

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
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Residents interested in questioning a proposed housing development in Indiana Township can turn out for a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Discussion will focus on the supervisors' tentative approval of a 91-unit housing plan at 830 Dorseyville Road and 1942 Fox Chapel Road. “Fox Chapel Estates” is set for construction in 2018.

Units will start at $300,000, developer Frank Pelly said.

Anyone at the hearing will be permitted to comment, Township Manager Dan Anderson said.

The project was tentatively approved this summer by a vote of 4-1, with supervisor Michael Schurko opposing it.

Schurko said most residents in his district, where the development is planned, oppose high-density residential plans.

If final approval is granted, the upscale townhouses will be built on 23 acres, so long as developers meet a list of conditions including green space buffers and a cul-de-sac off of Dorseyville Road.

Some of the conditions outlined by the township planning commission and board of supervisors include a 25-foot buffer of land around the site where no development may take place, removal of the proposed entrance on Fox Chapel Road and a three-year time limit for a gravel cul-de-sac to be paved.

Resident Allison Stein is concerned about the environmental impact, she said.

“The proposal estimates that approximately 4,556 existing trees on the site will be disturbed,” she said.

Stein also expressed concern about the increased traffic on Dorseyville and Fox Chapel roads.

The township municipal building is at 3710 Saxonburg Boulevard. The board will meet at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting during which it could vote on the housing plan.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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