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Thursday, March 6, 2014

interesting exchange on the Foxley Farm zoning matter

Doheny asked Kaltenbaugh if she had the authority to deny the permits on the basis of those violations. “No, but we felt it was an important thing that life safety had to be protected,” she said.
Nied said she did not know she needed to submit a site plan. She said the state had given her until April 30 to connect smoke detectors in the farm's spring house and to correct minor flaws with drawings depicting structures on the 60-acre farm off Barron Road. For instance, one drawing did not show a door or a porch on one building, according to the owner.
Kaltenbaugh acknowledged she received notice of the violations from attorney William Sittig. He represents neighbors of Foxley Farm who claim the Nieds ignored a consent agreement reached in Westmoreland Common Pleas Court about the number of events that could be held at the farm.
Sittig questioned her closely on what a “farm to table” event encompasses.
Nied argues she needs the events to sustain her farm, and she contends state law gives her the right to do so.
That was one issue Alexander thought required some more research.

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