No action on PRD change in Zelie

January 14, 2020 Cranberry Local News


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ZELIENOPLE — Borough council Monday took no action on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment following a nearly one-hour hearing in which Glade Run Lutheran Services voiced its protests against it.

The ordinance, which would eliminate the borough's planned residential development (PRD) ordinance, faced opposition from Glade Run, which owns about 280 acres in Zelienople — about a quarter of all land in the borough.

PRDs allow developers to build housing units more densely, though with tradeoffs such as having to designate public areas within the development.

Tom Woodring, vice president of construction for Glade Run, said it would have a negative impact on Glade Run.

“We are looking to have the borough not remove the PRD,” he said.

Don Pepe, Zelienople borough manager, said taking official action was not part of the borough's plan.

“There was never any intention tonight to take action,” he said. “The intention was to take testimony.”

Pepe said the point of the amendment was to remove the ordinance so that the borough can fix inconsistencies in it.

He said there were some sections that established different standards for the same item, making it unclear what a developer would have to do to receive approval under the ordinance. “We're just trying to fix the ordinance,” he said.

The borough manager said council may take action at its Jan. 27 meeting. If action is taken, the amendment likely will be referred to the planning commission for review.

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