Tonight: Public hearing on controversial Fairview Township zoning ordinance

Hundreds of people in Fairview Township, York County fought plans for a huge trucking warehouse in the township last year, and now they’re continuing their fight to keep similar structures out of their neighborhoods.

They’re asking the township’s board of supervisors to remove part of a zoning ordinance that allows for the conditional use of warehouses in the commercial business district.

A group of residents drafted an amendment to the zoning ordinance after protesting one company’s proposal to build a one million square foot trucking warehouse on Lewisberry Road and I-83.

They packed an October 28 board of supervisors meeting and argued that the warehouse would have decreased home values as well as resale prices.

“This was a heck of a thing to stick next to residential neighborhood,” John Rogers said during public comment.

“Pollution, I worry about a lot of vehicular activities especially trucks with 80,000 pound loads,” added Jonathan Greer.

The developer withdrew the conditional use request to build the warehouse, but now residents are trying to put a stop to similar building proposals in the future.

“None of us are asking you not to develop that property that’s not what we’re asking,” Rogers said. “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.”

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Fairview Township Fire Station No. 1, located at 340 Lewisberry Road.