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Mechanicsburg to consider text amendment changes for 700-home plan

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Mechanicsburg Borough Council Tuesday authorized the drafting of text amendments to the traditional neighborhood development ordinance sought by the developer of a 700-home plan.

Landmark Home of Clay Township, Lancaster County, wants to turn a 185-acre tract into a neighborhood-style development with as many as 700 homes plus commercial and retail businesses. The site is on South Market Street near the intersection with Shepherdstown Road.

According to the borough office, council set a public hearing for 7 p.m. June 24 on the proposed zoning text changes.

Landmark is proposing to eliminate the requirement for mixed uses and integrated building types, while adding several permitted and conditional uses in the mixed-center area. Other changes would increase the allowable impervious coverage area for single-family dwellings and clarify the method of calculation for stormwater management areas in the required open space.

Also, proposed changes to the “innovations and modifications” language would ease the requirements for things such as streets.

Known as the Hess Farm, the land is the only significant undeveloped space remaining in the borough. Other preliminary plans have surfaced for the tract in recent years but were not realized.

Brothers Cliff and Clair Weaver started Landmark Homes in 1998. They build homes in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

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