Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Wabash Landing gets big boost BY PATRICK BURNS, Correspondent
A proposed 25-acre village development plan in Stevens that has lagged for nearly six years has received a critical approval that moves the project one step closer to final approval.
The East Cocalico Township Board of Supervisors on March 20 voted to accept a revised developer's agreement and grant conditional preliminary approval for Wabash Landing, a proposed development using a village overlay concept. The site is between Wabash and Stevens roads.
Adjacent to the Stevens Fire Company, Wabash Landing will be made up 195 units including single-family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings.
Supervisors Douglas Mackley, Noelle Fortna and Alan Fry voted unanimously to move the project forward and allow Pioneer Management to design phase one of the final plan, including road and lot outlines.
"This is certainly a large stepping stone for us," James Henke, Pioneer Management project manager, told the board.
Developers first introduced the "traditional neighborhood design" proposal to the board in August 2007. Wabash Landing has a three-phase construction plan, with phase one consisting of 44 units; phase two, with 86 units; and phase three, with 65 units.
The plan has faced many hurdles -- including stormwater management and water capacity issues, street pattern design and the layout of a recreational area -- that appear to be resolved, Henke said. However, it could take another year at least to amend the plan for final approval, he said.
In other news, Chairman Doug Mackley noted that he will seek re-election to another six-year term in time for the May GOP primary. Mackley, who is finishing his third term as supervisor, said he's positive about the township's future.
"I enjoy it," Mackley said, "seeing the township move forward.
"It's growing. And that's part of the challenge," he said. "Staying up with it and keeping current."
In other business:
n East Cocalico police Chief George Beever conveyed a letter praising officers Gail Sizer and Brian Dilliplaine for their "dedication and perseverance" in answering a call about an unresponsive infant in Adamstown on Feb. 15.
n The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Lancaster County Conservation District, detailing environmental oversight responsibilities of the township. It specifically sites erosion and sediment-control plans to minimize pollution in area streams.
n Supervisors had to revisit a seven-year agreement the board approved in February with Blue Ridge Communications for cable television service. The board approved the agreement again to comply with a 1988 ordinance agreement with Blue Ridge, said Mark Hiester, township manager.
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