The Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township got what they wanted.
On Tuesday night the Fairview Township Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to pass an amendment that prevents warehouses from being built in the commercial business district.
Voting yes were board Chairman William Brown, Vice Chairman Mario Pirritano and Supervisors John Minito and Robert Stanley, according to township Secretary Donna Nissel. Supervisor Christopher Allen voted no, she said.
None of those supervisors returned calls seeking comment on the vote.
A member of the Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township said the group was pleased with the outcome.
"It took a lot of time and work, but we overcame a big hurdle," said Jonathan Greer, a member of the community group.
The Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township formed in July after a zoning change allowed Goodman Birtcher to apply for a conditional-use permit to build a 1 million-square-foot warehouse distribution center at the intersection of Lewisberry Road and Interstate 83.
"We were concerned about public safety, traffic and pollution," Greer said.
The grassroots group of residents hired an attorney, but part of their work was done for them by Capital City Airport Authority restrictions.
Goodman Birtcher withdrew its application in September after it was determined the height of the proposed facility interfered with the approach at the airport.
Though the developer never resubmitted a plan that cleared the regulated zone of the airport, the Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township pressed on to have the zoning ensure commercial warehousing would not be permitted in that area. "We took the bull by the horns to get the right zoning back there," Greer said.
And the work of the Concerned Citizens of Fairview Township is not done.
The group also submitted a proposal that requests language be changed in several sections of the zoning ordinance: service equipment, performance standards and setback, screening and lighting.
No date has been set for that proposal to be considered by the board.
"We got what we wanted (Tuesday) night, and that's good. But there's still work to be done," Greer said.
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