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Benner zoning changes moving forward

by on October 04, 2018 11:42 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Zoning changes have been in the works in Benner Township for quite some time, according to township supervisor Randy Moyer, and they are finally moving forward for county approval after the board agreed to move a zoning ordinance forward at its Oct. 1 meeting.

The zoning was last changed in 2009, and Moyer said that it made 11 different zoning areas that were confusing for potential buyers or business developers. The new zones will “clean it up” said Moyer, and cut it down to six zoning variances for the township.

According to Moyer, with the changes, the new MS4 storm water plan will keep environmental protections in place.

He said the township has not seen any new growth in residential neighborhoods and since the township is “66 percent owned by the state” with the prison, county jails and fish hatcheries all within the county lines, there is not much room for growth. But, the clearer zones would make it easier for businesses looking to move in to the commercial area along the Benner Pike and Route 150, where there is space to do so, said Moyer.

Moyer said there will be a public hearing about the zoning ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 27. The new ordinance can be viewed at www.bennertownship.org.

 

 

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