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Richland mulls variety of zoning changes  

New regulations for billboards and wind turbines are on the horizon in Richland Township.

Both are included in zoning ordinance changes that address new duplex home construction. Lengthy discussion at a public hearing Wednesday focused on LED billboards and duplexes.

“We know what we want to permit,” township Supervisor Bob Heffelfinger said. “I just get the impression we are beating around the bush.”

New rules would allow billboards with changing messages “by means of electronic rotation or panels or slats.”

Heffelfinger said supervisors should be sure the change would not allow something like a big “rotating hamburger.”

Skyview Estates developer Denis Michaels expressed concern that a provision would cause expensive delays for his development. New rules would postpone subdivision approval until duplex construction has progressed enough to qualify it for an occupancy permit.

Michaels is selling each half of Skyview’s duplexes to include the completed building as well as the lot. The law will ensure future developers also build the duplexes. Without that provision, lot owners could be left with noncompliant, too-small lots unfit for construction, Chairman Melvyn Wingard said.

Solicitor Gary Costlow was directed to address the issues by rewording the ordinance changes, which also adopts Cambria County’s wind turbine regulations – similar to Adams Township’s.

By Randy Griffith

The Tribune-Democrat

3 January 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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