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Londonderry Township makes zoning change to help with Route 230 sight issue at Deodate

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/8/18

Londonderry Township’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on July 2 to amend the township’s zoning map to increase the commercial zone in two properties off Route 230 near Deodate …

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Londonderry Township makes zoning change to help with Route 230 sight issue at Deodate

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Londonderry Township’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on July 2 to amend the township’s zoning map to increase the commercial zone in two properties off Route 230 near Deodate Road.

The two properties located at 4190 and 4294 East Harrisburg Pike are both zoned partially C-2 Commercial District and Agricultural.

In an interview, board solicitor Jim Diamond said that in December, the owner of Tool Shed of America, located at 4294 East Harrisburg Pike, filed a request for the zoning change with the township.

During the public hearing, township codes and zoning officer Jeff Burkhart said there had been sight issues in the intersection of Deodate Road and 230.

“Especially with loading and unloading of product at the corner property of Deodate and 230. When things were either parked there or being unloaded there, it created a pretty severe sight triangle problem. You could not see beyond either the equipment or the truck that was unloading,” Burkhart said.

During the interview, Diamond said that the Tool Shed owners planned to reconfigure the building and move the loading areas to the back of the of the building.

However, Diamond said the property was in two different zoning districts, and anything could not be moved back without changing the zone.

The zoning amendment, Diamond said, is intended to alleviate the sight issue.

According to the ordinance approved by the board, the C-2 Commercial district line would be moved in a southwest direction an additional 150 feet.

Diamond said after the amendment was passed, it was filed with Dauphin County and the map would be redone by township engineers HRG.