New Castle News

Closer Look

July 18, 2013

Neshannock OKs zoning changes

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township supervisors adopted a new zoning map and ordinance.

Most of the changes are along Route 18 and correct and update the existing zoning map to reflect modern land use in the township.

Changes have been reviewed by the township and Lawrence County planning commissions and the township zoning board.

For several months, the proposed map was on display at the township municipal building.

Only three residents commented at the public hearing where the changes were adopted.

Sally Kirker, a regular at municipal meetings, asked about building heights. Referring to her notes, she said in 2004 there had been discussion about allowing 10-story buildings on Route 18/Wilmington Road.

She was told residential buildings are limited to 35 feet — about two and a half stories — and commercial buildings in C-3 commercial zones and business parks may be 100 feet high.

Vince Cardella of Pulaski Road, asked about a property he had purchased on Pulaski Road.

On the old map, he said, the property was zoned for industrial use. On the new map, the zoning is residential, which is not compatible with his plans to develop the lot.

The supervisors agreed to extend the industrial zone to include the lot, even though it is not one of the 14 changes they had considered and advertised.

However, Rob Heming of Kenneth Avenue asked the supervisors, “When will it end?”

Heming said when he had purchased his home 15 years ago it was in an established neighborhood with old and young residents and new and older houses.

“There have been a lot of changes on Kenneth and there is talk of more.”

Heming said four or five houses were torn down to make parking lots and bright lights shine into his bedroom windows.

Across the street, he said, he sees a trash bin full of scrap metal from wrecked and junked cars. The air is scented by the paint shop.

He added that Kenneth and Euclid avenues have become drag strips as “the workers want to test the work they’ve done. Residents must also endure noise from delivery trucks, Dumpster emptying and, during the day, phone call pagers.

“Zoning is supposed to mean something,” he said. “When I moved there, there were trees and neighbors. They are all gone. The dealership has been there a long time expanding its body shop and parking.

“What will be next? When will it end?” he asked. “Every couple of years, as our memories fade, there’s another push to do what was wanted in the first place.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango passes tax abatement

    Shenango Township supervisors unanimously approved a tax abatement for Blackwatch Properties LLC when they met Thursday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • manna.jpg John K. Manna: Proposals in Harrisburg fail to reflect reality

    My, how time flies. The city of New Castle is in already in its eighth year as a distressed municipality under state Act 47.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • amish.tiff Officers wear Amish women’s garb to lure suspect

    Two police officers posing as Amish women tried to catch a man who reportedly was exposing himself to Amish children.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • United Way reports funds raised for pool renovation

    United Way of Lawrence County has raised $51,363 toward the renovation of the Cascade Park swimming pool. Gayle Young, United Way executive director, reported the amount this week.

    April 11, 2014

  • gavel.jpg Shenango to consider tax abatement

    The Shenango Township supervisors will consider offering a five-year sliding tax abatement for businesses at a special meeting Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paterno memorial gaining support in PSU trustees election

    Former lieutenant governor Bob Jubelirer has joined Penn State supporters calling for the return of the Joe Paterno statue that once stood outside Beaver Stadium.

    April 10, 2014

  • Road.jpg PennDOT to resurface Route 18

    Plans are under way to resurface a nine-mile stretch of Route 18 in southern Lawrence County. Dan Cessna, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation district manager, told the Lawrence County commissioners Tuesday that is one project that has been added since the Lawrence County road work for this year was announced last week.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Turnpike maintenance to impact E-ZPass use

    Pennsylvania Turnpike E-ZPass users will face a restriction Wednesday. Eastbound and westbound Express E-ZPass lanes at the Gateway Mainline Toll Plaza (Exit 2) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to turnpike officials.

    April 9, 2014

  • Mental illness shouldn’t disqualify gun buyers, advocates say

    In the aftermath of another mass shooting and an inevitable debate over gun laws, a mental health advocate and gun control lobbyist are warning against unfairly restricting the mentally ill from accessing firearms.

    April 9, 2014

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage