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Protests from Dover Township residents over a rezoning request have been heard — for now.

Brian Klinger purchased 2210 Blackberry Road with the intention of marketing it for business use and possibly reselling it. But in order for him to do that, he needs township supervisors to approve his request to change the property's classification from conservation to business office park.

Dover’s planning commission supported it, but Klinger didn't get the same backing from supervisors.

President Steve Stefanowicz made a motion Sept. 10 to rezone Klinger’s property. The motion wasn't seconded, therefore it did not go before the board for a vote. 

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Klinger said he will be back to try again.

“Seems like everyone talking here is assuming there’s a Sheetz or a Rutter’s coming here,” he said at the supervisors' Sept. 10 meeting.  

The supervisors previously tabled the rezoning request following an Aug. 27 public hearing, at which residents packed the administrative building and 13 residents encouraged supervisors to not approve the rezone.

Klinger admitted he did think about courting a Sheetz or a Rutter’s.

“Let’s just say a Sheetz moves in there,” Klinger said. “There hasn’t been any discussion of that happening, except a thought in my head. There are so many things that would have to be approved: water runoff, traffic studies, there are so many stipulations.”

Klinger predicted when supervisors review the township’s next comprehensive plan, his property will most likely be enveloped into business office park.

The probability of that happening remains to be seen. The York County Planning Commission did not endorse approving the rezone, noting that the area of Blackberry Road he is referring to isn’t in the township’s or county’s projected growth area.

If Klinger attempts to have his property rezoned again, some residents said they will be at meetings to oppose it.

The main concerns aired addressed increased traffic, negative impact on property values, water runoff and additional lighting.

Kevin Weaver, who lives near Klinger's property, said not only did he object to Klinger's request, but he also thinks supervisors misled the public.

During the public hearing, supervisors told residents they didn’t know Klinger’s intentions; however, the township’s planning commission forwarded his convenience store pitch, among other business proposals, to supervisors.

 “It’s not cool,” Weaver said. “It really isn’t. I think it’s pretty sad that you affect people’s livelihoods.”

 

 

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