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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

new zoning draft posted by township

Jack Milburn said the group expects the attendance for Thursday's planning commission meeting to rival that of the last supervisors meeting, which more than 100 people attended.
He wants to tell the commission that zoning is designed to protect the public, and “it's not designed for profit,” he said.
“I think sometimes our elected officials think that they need to accommodate the gas industry and ‘develop' it in the township,” he said. “I personally don't believe that's the case.”
He also plans to say that a “heavy, industrial activity” such as fracking should be restricted to industrial zones.
Janice Milburn predicts that fracking opponents will repeat their previous comments Thursday, as well as address health, safety and environmental concerns; leaks, explosions and violations; and the impact of fracking on property values.
Milburn, who served on an ad-hoc committee appointed by the township three years ago to work on a gas-related ordinance, said that given the time constraints of the process, “people really want to be heard now.” A public hearing likely will be held in March, with a projected completion date for the ordinance and map set for May.
“I think the process would be better if people were allowed more of a voice,” Milburn said.
The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the township municipal building to discuss the ordinance and the zoning map, and possibly to make a recommendation to the supervisors.
The ordinance can be viewed online at

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