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Planning commission readies zoning updates

by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—The Lancaster planning commission on January 18 continued to review the county’s zoning ordinances and plans to present two proposed updates at a public hearing next month.

After a discussion, planners agreed to forward to public hearings Article 18 addressing the waterfront residential overlay, and Article 19 addressing recreational equipment.

Discussions will continue on Article 20, which deals with manufactured home parks.

“The waterfront residential overlay zone is designed to protect the water, tidal shores and wetlands, to include both tidal and nontidal wetlands connected by surface flow…providing for environmentally safe and orderly waterfront development,” said assistant county administrator Don Gill.

Article 19 is designed to regulate major recreational equipment to assure compatibility of use and storage of the equipment with surrounding land use and set time limits for storage. Also, it requires adequate sanitation facilities in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens, said Gill.

He recommended minor changes and updates to the ordinance.

While there are no manufactured home parks in Lancaster County, Article 20 establishes protections that would require maintaining attractive and functional parks that are compatible with surrounding uses.

Planning commission members questioned whether bonds should be required and asked Gill to further research its compatibility with the subdivision ordinance.

The commission will conduct hearings on Articles 18 and 19 during its February 15 meeting at the County Administration Building, 8311 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster.

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