locally owned since 1854

Lower Swatara to consider UPS, Campus Heights; tall grass a concern

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/12/18

Land development lans for a UPS parcel delivery distribution hub and phase three of the Campus Heights Village will come before the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners on Sept. 19.

The UPS plan …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Lower Swatara to consider UPS, Campus Heights; tall grass a concern

Posted

Land development lans for a UPS parcel delivery distribution hub and phase three of the Campus Heights Village will come before the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners on Sept. 19.

The UPS plan calls for a 775,033-square-foot hub on a 192.19-acre lot in the 2100 block of North Union Street. Township Planning and Zoning Coordinator Ann Hursh said plans to subdivide the lot will come before the planning commission at its meeting Sept. 27.

The third phase of Campus Heights Village includes 14 buildings on 7.1 acres and 336 bedrooms. Hursh said the College Town Communities’ officials still had to provide documents regarding vacating the streets.

The board may vote on the plans during the Sept. 19 meeting or wait to take action at a subsequent meeting.

Tall grass concerns resident

During the Sept. 5 board meeting, one resident expressed concern about tall grass on Oberlin Road.

“Our roads look terrible,” said resident Donald Wagner, who lives on Oberlin Road.

Wagner said drivers needed to pull past the stop sign on the corner of Oberlin Road where it turns into Spring Garden Drive to see down the hill.

Making a left turn, he said, is a hazard. 

“You’ve got to maintain the shoulders. We always did before. Why can’t we do it now?” Wagner asked.

Vice President Todd Truntz said they were working to figure out where it was the township’s responsibility to cut grass and where it was the homeowners’.

“The trouble is when the township cuts grass like that, we get to a point where, whose grass do we cut and whose don’t we cut. The township doesn’t come and cut my grass,” Truntz said.

According to township building code official Don Fure, the code states that all grass and weeds along fence lines, property lines, border areas, areas around structures and stores items should be at maximum 8 inches tall.

Truntz said it was a work in progress.

Board President Jon Wilt said that private right of way mowing is the homeowner’s or owner on record’s responsibility.

Solicitor Peter Henninger said if it’s the property owner’s responsibility, and if the owner isn’t meeting ordinance requirements, the township can take action to have the property owner mow the right of way.

He added that if it were state property, the township couldn’t mow the state rights of way unless the township had a contract.

“We just can’t go mowing PennDOT’s right of way. We can’t just go mow your front yard. That’s not what everyone’s tax dollars are for, to mow everyone’s yards,” Henninger said.

Director of Public Works Lester Lanman said they contacted PennDOT, who he said has mowed certain areas once this year.