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Penn Township nearing vote on new PRD

| Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 12:38 a.m.

A proposed planned residential development in Penn Township is moving ahead.

Tuesday night, the township's planning and zoning commission decided to send the Fox Run PRD to the solicitor, township engineer and Westmoreland County for comments.

Action is expected to be taken by the planning and zoning commission when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

The Fox Run PRD includes 160 housing units on 40 acres on Harrison-City Export Road, just north of Holland Road.

If the plan is accepted, commissioners would schedule a public hearing.

When the planning commission met in July, motions to accept or deny the Fox Run PRD each died for lack of a second after the plan was deemed lacking necessary documentation.

"They came back in with a completed (plan)," said Calvin Furfari, planning and zoning commission chairman. "By us not (accepting) it last month, they hurried up and got in with a good plan. It looks like it's pretty complete."

Planned residential developments have been a popular topic of late in Penn Township.

In June, the planning and zoning commission asked the township to delete the option for planned residential developments in the zoning ordinance. A public hearing on the matter has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the township building.

Maynard-Kochonick LLC, developer of the Fox Run PRD, said in July that it submitted the plan when it did to get it on record as a PRD.

A public hearing for one planned residential development is scheduled Thursday at 7 p.m. That's when citizens will get the chance to comment on the Powder Horn Ridge PRD, which calls for 82 single-family homes and 135 multi-family homes off Berlin Road and Chestnut Ridge.

Commissioners already rejected one proposed plan. In July, the Penn Forest planned residential development was voted down 4-0. That plan called for 52 single-family units and 72 multi-family townhouses on 46 acres between Bushy Run Road and Watt Road, near Harrison Estates and the Heathergate Plan.

The township said the Penn Forest plan did not meet buffer requirements and had limited open space.

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