Salisbury denies trucking business' request
BY JOHN FRIEL, Correspondent
Salisbury Township zoning officials put the brakes on plans for a trucking business that could have had trucks idling in the wee hours of the morning.
At its meeting April 23, the zoning hearing board denied a request from Kervin and Bonita Beachy, of 1022 Elwood Street, Narvon, to move their trucking business to a 10-acre wooded tract on Paes Road near Sandmine Road, in the open space/conservation district.
Beachy had asked for two variances and a special exception to park two logging trucks and a tractor-trailer, and to operate outside the hours stipulated by the ordinance.
Beachy said he would build a 40-by-80-foot shop to service the vehicles.
"With trucks, the schedule varies. For some jobs, I might have to leave at 3 a.m.," he said.
Neighbor Jeff Martin expressed concern about the noise three diesel trucks would make at such hours. Beachy acknowledged, "on a cold day, they will idle more than five minutes."
The board did not deliberate long. "This goes way beyond what the open space district was set up for," Chairman Larry Martin said.
The open space zone features large lots and limits where structures are placed, to leave natural space, mostly forest, undisturbed. The board denied all parts of Beachy's application.
In another matter, the board granted Benuel G. King's application to establish a washing machine repair business on his 85-acre farm at 5466 Seldomridge Road. King said he works mostly on Maytag wringer washers, popular with Plain sects.
The application did not fit regulations for farm occupations, which are limited to products produced on the farm, with no retail sales allowed. And, it also was a stretch to call it a rural occupation, which generally involves smaller farms. The board approved it as a farm occupation with a condition that no retail sales be conducted.
In the evening's remaining cases, the board approved:
n A special exception allowing Samuel S. King to subdivide a 1-acre building lot from his 82-acre farm at 196 Snake Lane, in the agricultural district.
n Melvin E. King's request for a special exception to install a 900-square-foot echo housing unit for elderly relatives at 801 Narvon Road, Narvon, in the open space district.
n A variance permitting Abram E. Flaud to build a barn within his front yard setback, and a special exception allowing additional accessory building space. Flaud's property is at 4940 Amish Road, Kinzer, in the agricultural district.
n Jason and Elizabeth Henley's request to establish a thrift shop in a former day-care center at 5015 Lincoln Highway, Gap. Elizabeth Henley said the shop's product line will include "furniture, clothing, and household goods." Her husband joked, "pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink."
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