Dorrance To Render Decision On Preserve At Blue Ridge Residential Development Aug. 14

50 residents in attendance, many the development. After the July 10

the spring and an April hearing was had previously been retained by the feasibility for a public water

A final public hearing was held on July 10 for the Preserve at Blue Ridge, a proposed residential development, which would create 176 homes near Blytheburn and Prospect roads in Dorrance.

After hearing testimony from consultant Jack Varaly on issues mainly to do with water supply to the proposed homes, Dorrance Township’s Board of Supervisors closed the record. A decision on whether to allow the development in this rural area will be made at the board’s next meeting, Aug. 14 at 7 p. m.

The proposal for the development is similar to one made a decade ago and came from Robert Tamburro, of TFP Limited. In March, TFP sold the project to Blue Ridge Development LLC. The proposal is to build townhomes adjacent to the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club and needs two approvals from the board, one for conditional use and the other for a Planned Residential Development (PRD).

The first public hearing on the proposal was held Dec. 1 with over

with concerns and questions on

hearing, Dorrance Supervisor Gary Zane reported that public attendance was still significant on the matter.

A series of hearings were held in

continued to July 10 because the board felt it needed to hear from Varaly, a planning consultant who

Dorrance to help write its zoning law. Varaly was the sole speaker at the most recent hearing, testifying about

system in the development. The proposal in December showed


twin homes, comprising 54 buildings, and 85 single family homes. The twin homes would be 1,800 to 2,000 square feet and the singles would be 2,400 square feet. Since then, the plans show about 17 fewer homes, noted Zane, as the architect recalculated due to slope areas in the northern section of the project. The project now will have 176 housing units total.

The development will be divided into five phases, the first planned to be completed by Jan. 2019 and the final phase, to be completed by Dec. 2032. The project encompasses over 500 acres, not including the 70-acre golf course which would be adjacent to the property.

TFP Limited had first proposed building here in 2006 –an action that never came to fruition. That previous plan had 350 units and several more roadways. The new plan has been scaled down and has eliminated commercial uses that were outlined in the first plan.

The 2006 proposal was fought by Attorney Mark McNelis, on behalf of nearby residents. McNelis has again been representing a handful of residents at the proposal’s recent public hearings, contending that it does not fit in with the rural character of the neighborhood.

In December, Tim Connolly, civil engineer for the development, under questioning by TFP Attorney Jack Dean, countered that it would be a good fit for this area. With residences already there, and an existing golf course, the new development would not change the dynamic of the area, he said.

In other business at the July 10 Dorrance Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved two pedestrian crosswalks, for Pennsy Supply, on Small Mountain Road. Pennsy will install the crosswalks, one by the quarry administration

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