People in Fairview Township, York County are continuing their fight to keep large warehouse structures out of their neighborhoods.
Tonight people asked the Fairview Township Board of Supervisors to amend an ordinance which suggests removing warehouses as a conditional use in the commercial business zoning district.
A building proposal for a one million square foot facility is what brought this issue to the table for people in Fairview Township. They say they drafted an amendment so that they never have to fight another warehouse proposal, or something similar, ever again.
“This was a heck of a thing to stick next to residential neighborhood,” says John Rogers, of Fairview Township.
For many people in Fairview, their front porch view could’ve been drastically reduced to a massive dirt pile to accomodate an 82-acre trucking warehouse, but that’s not all they’re worried about.
“Pollution, I worry about a lot of vehicular activities especially trucks with 80,000 pound loads..” says Jonathan Greer, of Fairview Township.
People say the warehouse, or any large structure for that matter, would decrease home values and resale prices, and they’re trying to put a stop to unwanted building proposals in the future.
“None of us are asking you not to develop that property that’s not what we’re asking. What we are asking of you is to reverse a rather sudden change in what was the zoning code in this township and just take us back to where we were, that’s all,” says Rogers.
Monday night the board moved to have a public hearing on January 14th to further discuss the conditional use part of the township ordinance.
It’s step one of the process…
“I’m glad we’re starting to get some traction on this issue,” says Greer.
But the people say it’s a step forward.