East Donegal Township supervisors denied a cast iron foundry’s rezoning petition, citing traffic issues.
The petition sought to rezone Donsco’s 61.3 acres at 119 S. Jacob St., in Mount Joy, from Agriculture to Industrial and R-3, Urban Extension Residential. Supervisors voted to reject the rezoning at their meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3.
At a public hearing on June 1, residents had expressed concerns about the possible rezoning’s impact on traffic, especially truck traffic on Longenecker Road, which has a low underpass.
In other township news, residents had 30 days to review the East Donegal Township Pollution Reduction Plan, and only one resident commented on it. He said the money for the proposed Evan’s Run project, part of the plan, could be used for better endeavors.
Supervisors approved the plan, which would reduce the township’s storm water sediment load by ten percent, the percentage required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The plan includes the Evans Run stream bank restoration project, which would stabilize 1,000 feet of the stream banks to stop the flow of sediment during storms.
The DEP is requiring the sediment load in municipal stormwater be decreased by 112,478, and the Evan’s Run project would reduce the sediment load by 138,000.
The cost of the plan is estimated to be $300,000.
At the Planning Commission meeting before the supervisors’ meeting, a petition was presented to the commission with 31 signatures from neighbors protesting a waiver of land development at 333 Coffee Goss Road, the site of a horse farm.
Distinctive Surroundings Construction, in care of Adam Minzer, was the applicant for 333 Coffee Goss Road. Minzer asked the commission to remove a note from the land agreement that would prevent him from constructing a driveway on Fuhrman Road.
“I did take due diligence in placing the driveway, so that when you pull out the driveway, the lights don’t shine in the neighbor’s house. The driveway is placed so it’s in-between two houses across the street. We have our view from the corner … Some thoughts were put into this,” Minzer said.
Neighbors voiced multiple concerns, including increased traffic on Fuhrman Road and speeding vehicles.
Some also said they don’t want their property values to be reduced or their views to be obstructed.
Minzer said the driveway would be private, not for construction vehicles, and would not draw extra traffic. He said he plans to build a home on the back of the property to avoid any obstruction.
The commission approved the waiver request to be sent to the supervisors for consideration at their next meeting.
The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building, 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta. The Planning Commission meets before the supervisors at 6:30 p.m.