Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Marc Heppe tells Patch that the plan under consideration would reduce zoning classifications from six to three. The new categories would include: Village Business, Village Transition and Village Residential.
In 2012, the township commissioned a consulting firm to help develop a plan that meets the needs of future developers while preserving the residential aspects of the village that are important to local residents. Until now meeting the strict zoning requirements of six different classifications within the Village has sometimes proven a challenge that developers might not want to take on, potentially driving businesses to look elsewhere.
"This would create a comprehensive plan for the village going forward," Heppe explained. For example the maximum building heights for construction along Lancaster Avenue would be changed. Current maximum building height in the village is 35 feet. But for structures on Lancaster Ave, that is too short to appeal to developers. The new plan would allow for taller buildings, but something on the Village side of Lancaster Avenue would not be as tall as
potential new structures on the North side.
Essentially, the proposed plan tries to update old restrictions and make development in the village more competitive, while paying attention to the desire to preserve what's important to residents.
The supervisors have sought public input on the proposal throughout the process and would welcome public comments at Monday night's meeting.