Hearing Set For Proposed Dorrance Housing Development

After a hiatus, the Preserve at Blue Ridge Trail development is back in discussion in Dorrance.

The proposed 546-acre development would include 193 housing units –108 duplex units and 85 single-family homes adjacent to the Blue Ridge Golf Course. The township planning commission held zoning hearings over the winter, but discussions had gone quiet for a few months. Now another hearing is scheduled for 6 p. m. June 1 at the municipal building.

At the May 8 supervisors’ meeting, Country Club Road resident Doug Haasis raised concerns about whether there would be sufficient well water available for a development of that size.

“Probably one of the highest-priority concerns is water,” supervisor Kevin Gallagher agreed.

Supervisor Bill Wengrzynek noted, however, that developer TFP Limited presented an expert witness at a prior hearing who said there would be enough water, while the township had no opposing witness.

“The reality may not match the hydraulics study,” Haasis countered.

He also raised a concern about sewage, but Wengrzynek said the developer swore under oath that the