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Appeal pending on social hall zoning issue

A Pennsylvania state appeals court is pending concerning the application of zoning laws to a project planned in the Borough of Hummelstown. The Hummelstown Swim Club, which already operates a swimming pool at a facility it has on Kokomo Avenue, proposed building a social hall for its patrons that would be situated right next door for convenience.

Proposed zoning changes could spur large scale development

The commissioners in Lower Allen Township, Pennsylvania are currently considering some proposed changes in zoning laws that could result in the establishment of a main street-style large development in the midst of the rural area. A major developer headquartered in Lancaster wants to build a development that will constitute a town center with many of the amenities of an urban neighborhood. They would build it on approximately 250 acres of land in the general area of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and Arcona, Lisburn, and Rossmoyne roads.

Zoning board nixes 11-year-old girl's tree house

An 11-year-old girl in Selinsgrove, Pa., was looking forward to the tree house that her Dad was in the process of building for her as a birthday present. Imagine her dismay when she learned, after a hearing, that local zoning laws prohibited the structure and that a variance request had been denied. The result was that her father was ordered to tear it down.

Much community opposition to proposed horse hospital

Public opposition was widely expressed to allowing a property in Satterwaite, Pennsylvania, to be used for a proposed horse veterinary clinic. Testimony by opponents at a recent public hearing of the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Hearing Board urged that the board members use applicable zoning laws to disapprove requests for zoning variances needed for the clinic to open.

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