by Megan Schiffres
HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland planning commission on Thursday, August 20, voted unanimously, 6-0, to recommend a change to the county light industry code.
Following a telephonic public hearing, the commission recommended the county board of supervisors add bulk gravel and mulch sales to the zoning ordinance definition of light industry.
The change was requested by members of staff, according to zoning administrator Philip Marston, who said staff wanted the ordinance to provide clarification on how light industry spaces can be used as retail businesses. Currently, the county code’s definition of light industry includes warehousing and light manufacturing which produces some noise, traffic congestion or danger, but which are of such limited scale or character that they present no serious hazard to neighboring properties from fire, smoke, noise or odors…
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