Past decisions and future development were the recurring themes during the final round of testimony concerning the Valley Green Golf Course.
The issue is whether Valley Green Golf Course should be zoned as residential growth rather than open space, which would open the door for development on the course.
The public and the Newberry Township board of supervisors heard from three witnesses during the fourth curative amendment hearing held at Newberry Township Fire Hall.
The witnesses were Gregory Condon, of Biscon Land Surveying Co. Inc. in the township; Robert Fisher of RJ Fisher & Associates, a civil engineering firm in New Cumberland; and Timothy Mellott of Mellott Engineering Inc. in Hummelstown, Dauphin County.
Condon also is the township's acting zoning officer and building code official.
They were questioned by Helen Gemmill, attorney for Golf Enterprises Inc., acting on behalf of McNaughton Homes; attorney John Elliott, a township resident representing the Valley Green Resident Organization, which opposes GEI's efforts; and township attorney Andrew Miller.
Township residents also questioned them.
Condon, Fisher and Mellott all testified that past township plans and ordinance requirements made room for development on the golf course and that there was no agreement between the township and the course owners to keep it open space.
Fisher and Mellott said Valley Green does not have to be used to meet township requirement of having 60 percent open space for residential development areas near the course.
"You don't need the whole golf course," Fisher said. "With the 60 percent (requirement), you have your open space right there."
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