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O'Hara amends zoning prior to $4 million sewerage project

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
O’Hara council approved a moderate density zoning area along Saxonburg Boulevard in anticipation of new homes built after a $4 million sewer line project next year.
O’Hara council approved a moderate density zoning area along Saxonburg Boulevard in anticipation of new homes built after a $4 million sewer line project next year.

O’Hara council on Tuesday night amended the township’s zoning ordinance to create a moderate density residential district to accommodate the expected build-out along Saxonburg Boulevard.

Township Manager Julie Jakubec said officials anticipate a spate of new homes in the corridor after the impending installation of sanitary sewers.

A $4 million sewer line project is planned to provide reliable sewerage to neighborhoods from the Shaler line to the Indiana Township line, and some homes along Berryhill and Calmwood roads. Properties there still rely on septic systems, many of them failing.

Township staff recommended the area be rezoned as a tool to limit the amount of impervious area created by development, thwarting water runoff.

Jakubec said only single-family homes will be permitted in the new zone.

In other township news:

• Council will host a special workshop at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 to review the proposed 2019 capital improvement plan. The meeting will be in the municipal building along Fox Chapel Road.

• The township’s final yard waste collection will be on Sept. 19. The contract with Waste Management provides for curbside collection of garden residue, twigs and tree trimmings on the third Wednesday of each month from May to September. Yard waste includes leaves in biodegradable bags, shrub trimmings, limbs, brush and similar residue. Grass clippings are not accepted

For those that registered for the event, material must be bundled at the curb.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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