Let’s talk about the upcoming Chambersburg meetings

March 7 – While there is no borough council meeting this week, other groups will be gathering. 

The Zoning Hearing Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Council Chambers at 100 South Second Street. 

The group will discuss an expansion of a non-conforming front porch at 568 Stanley Avenue. 

Then the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. that same night, also in Council Chambers. 

The group will be discussing the building on North Second Street and one on Gateway Plaza on Gateway Drive. 

There will also be a review of the Southgate Neighborhood Zoning Overlay District about yard regulations to indicate that the central core yard regulations will apply. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “You had a bad landlord with Southgate and all of a sudden the borough turned into a real estate developer and now you’re saddled with six percent interest, rising costs, that is a turkey that will be a forever bad buy in my opinion.” 

Additionally, the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider whether code regulations for trees on private property to be required as part of new subdivision and land development plans. 

The Chambersburg Area Municipal Authority will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday at 100 South Second Street. That group oversees Southgate. 

Ryan said, “I’d love to see an accounting book all the time. I’d be great to have some sort of bean counter go okay, this is what we were getting. This is now what we are paying. This is the money that we are losing and it’s not our money, it’s the taxpayer’s money.” 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “There’s a lot on their list, which is kind of unusual.” 

CAMA will discuss the ARPA money received from the county and a project near the rail trail. 

A storm water grant project for Southgate from the Army Corps of Engineers will also be on the agenda, as well as a review of comments from the John Wesley AME Zion Church about the prospectus on Southgate. 

Coffman said, “As far as I know they were the only group that made any comment about the upcoming prospectus for Southgate property. The one thing that needs to be done yet is to get the group of people on the Southgate advisory group, that has to be done yet and that will be done probably yet this month. I think there’s about 25 names of people that have submitted that want to be part of that.”

For the agendas, click on the following links: 

Zoning Hearing Board:  http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/pdf/ZHB%203-7-2023.pdf

Planning and Zoning:  http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/pdf/PZC%2003-07-2023%20Agenda.pdf
CAMA:  http://www.borough.chambersburg.pa.us/pdf/CAMA%20agenda%203.8.2023.pdf