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Saturday, April 11, 2015

township zoning update

Supervisor Tim Komar expressed an interest in removing the portion of the agriculture definition that states the exclusion of “tourist or recreational activities,” adding that it contradicts laws and other documents that support agritourism in rural areas. Supervisor Bruce Robinson said he would rather leave it as is. Korns said the addition of an agritourism definition is a change that could be considered in the amendment process.
Korns again asked the board about its view on the planning commission's suggestion to increase the buffer zone around perennial streams instead of just named streams. In February, the planning commission voted to recommend increasing the buffer zone around perennial streams. At a following supervisors meeting, the board approved the increase for named streams. Board members indicated Friday that they intended to keep the buffer zone for named streams only. Still, Korns plans to have them do a revote on Tuesday to clarify their intentions.
Ligonier Council members sent the township a letter last month, stating concerns about the ordinance. They asked for more protection for the Furnace Run Watershed and Loyalhanna Creek and expressed concern about how close to the borough fracking could occur. Korns said he will contact borough officials to discuss their concerns, adding that, given the restrictions of the ordinance, it does not appear there are fracking areas close to the borough.

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