Development enters early planning NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

August 23, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester Planning and Zoning Commission, meeting in a special session last week, has approved the concept plan for the fourth, fifth and sixth sections of the Manchester Farms housing development.

The 196-acre, 303-unit development now proceeds to the preliminary planning stage.

At its regular meeting a week ago, the commission requested a minor change to the concept plan, said Miriam DePalmer, assistant zoning administrator. The commissioners decided that, rather than hold up the development any longer, they would meet in special session to approve the concept plan, once the change was made.

Also last Monday, the commission unanimously rejected a request by owners of the Manchester Sheetz store to enlarge the paved area behind the building to allow turnaround space for trucks.

"They submitted an incorrect set of plans," Commission Chairman Benjamin Perricone said.

Mr. Perricone said the plan included a right-turn-only exit from the parking lot onto Route 30. That exit was never approved by the commission and should not appear on the site plan, he said.

Manchester is battling the store's owners in county Circuit Court over the proposed exit.

The commission also is awaiting comments from county planners on the final plan for the first section of the Blevin's Claim development. Mr. Perricone said another special meeting may be held when those comments are received.

By town ordinance, planning and zoning meetings are held at the request of the commission chairman, Ms. DePalmer said, and advance publicity is not required.

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