© 2009 by Joel Buckley
After receiving public comment at meetings in October and November, on Mon., Jan. 26, 2009 the Conewago Planning Commission met to consider its recommendation on its new Draft Comprehensive Plan , which guides changes to township zoning. It approved a number of changes to the Plan, which went a long way toward addressing criticisms received at the public meetings.
1. Trust Zoning - Reduced by 60% (Map Key 1.)
The new Eleemysonary Overlay (or Trust) Zoning District would affect about 600 acres, mostly farmland. "The Eleemosynary Overlay allows for additional uses to be permitted in certain areas, regardless of the underlying use."
The Trust would be allowed to ignore certain current zoning restrictions and bypass the normal review process which allows the public to comment before a decision to allow changes is made.
[Note: this is labeled EO on the Enhanced version of Future Land Use Map.]
CHANGE: The new Eleemysonary Overlay Zoning District is retained but reduced in size from about 600 acres to 250 acres and limited to parcels adjoining Derry township.
2. Petrina Farm (Map Key 2.)
CHANGE: The zoning for Gil Petrina's farm, which is now Residential Multi-Family and had been proposed to change to Rural Resource is changed back to Medium Density Residential.
3. High-Density Commercial/Residential Zoning - Eliminated (Map Key 3.)
The proposed Mixed Use Zone, 100 acres of Trust land just south of the Elementary School, allows high-density commercial and residential lots smaller than a quarter acre. This would allow nearly 400 housing units.
[Note: this is labeled MU on the Enhanced version of Future Land Use Map.]
CHANGE: This new Mixed Use Zoning District is eliminated. This parcel's zoning has been changed to Agricultural.
4. MegaWarehouse Zoning - Not Changed (Map Keys 4+5.)
In 1998, the Planning Commission disapproved a request by the Hershey Trust to rezone 160 acres of agricultural land for a MILLION SQUARE FOOT WAREHOUSE.
In 2004, the Board of Supervisors rejected the Lower Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Plan which included this same rezoning.
In 2008, it's back! The Draft Plan once again proposes rezoning most of this parcel from Agricultural to Commercial.
[Note: this is labeled C-LI on the Enhanced version of Future Land Use Map.]
NOT CHANGED. That means the proposed rezoning stays in the plan.
5. Foreman Property (Map Key 8.)
CHANGE: The zoning for some parcels owned by Jim Foreman, which are now Residential Country and had been proposed to change to Agricultural Rural Resource are changed back to Rural Resource.
The Draft Comprehensive Plan can be viewed online at Conewago Online.
Sincerely, Joel Buckley