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Friday, February 27, 2015

anti-fracking faction wins concession from planners in new ordinance

Ligonier Township's planning commission is suggesting to the supervisors several changes to the proposed zoning ordinance.
During its meeting on Thursday, the board voted to recommend increasing the 200-foot buffer zone around unnamed perennial streams to 325 feet, increasing the setback from a well site to a protected structure from 650 feet to 750 feet and removing cell phone towers as a conditional use in the R-1 residential zone.
Board members Scott Gongaware and Eric Schreiber were absent.
Township manager Terry Carcella and solicitor Michael Korns outlined changes that had been made to the ordinance and map since a meeting for public comment on the ordinance was held Feb. 17. Carcella said an area previously zoned industrial across from the Sheetz along Route 271 was changed to C-2 highway commercial and the R-1 residential zones in Waterford and near the Valley School of Ligonier were expanded. The Ligonier Valley High School and Valley School of Ligonier now have a half-mile “no-drill zone” around them. The natural resource protection overlay has been expanded by Laurel Ridge State Park and Laurel Mountain ski area. He said the permitted width of billboard signs has been decreased from 700 feet to 250 feet.
Korns said the unconventional drilling provisions are now included in the body of the ordinance under conditional uses. It was previously a separate section of the ordinance.

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