Public Hearing Continued On Controversial Land Development in Dorrance

A public hearing will be continued for controversial land development plans in Dorrance, which would create nearly 200 homes on 546 acres of property near Blytheburn and Prospect roads.

For several hours on Dec. 1, the Dorrance Township Supervisors, with over 50 residents in attendance, held its first public hearing on the matter. A civil engineer for the proposed development, called The Preserve at Blue Ridge, presented plans for the complex and answered questions about it. These questions were fielded by both the applicant’s attorney and from an attorney representing residents who do not wish to see development in this rural area.

The proposal, similar to one made a decade ago, comes from Robert Tamburro, of TFP Limited, who wants to build townhomes adjacent to the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. After many issues were raised and few resolved on Dec. 1, it was decided that the hearing would be continued at a later date.

Prior to the public hearing, a planning commission meeting was held on the matter and, after discussing many issues related to the project, the commission also tabled its recommendations for a later date. Two applications for the project are before the township, one for conditional use and the other for a Planned Residential Development (PRD).

Township Solicitor Donald Karpowich, who moderated the hearing, explained that the township’s zoning law no longer allows the construction of PRD’s, but the applicant had submitted the proposal for the new development before that part of the law was altered. Therefore, the application has been grandfathered in.

Tim Connolly Jr., civil engineer for Tetra Tech and designer of the proposal, gave the bulk of the night’s presentation, answering a line of questions first from Jack Dean, the attorney representing TFP Limited, and later by Mark MacNealis, on behalf of concerned residents.

Tamburro had first proposed building here in 2006 –an action that never came to fruition and was fought then by MacNealis on behalf of nearby residents. That previous plan had 350 units and several more roadways. The new plan, Connolly stated, has been scaled down and

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