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February 14, 2014

Wayne edges closer to zoning ordinance

NEW CASTLE — One Wayne Township resident said he’s all for zoning, but doesn’t want industry along a residential stretch of Route 288.

Ron Aiken, who sits on the township’s planning commission and ad hoc committee for zoning, attended the county commissioners meeting Tuesday to vent his concern about it.

The township officials have met with planning consultants and have been planning for zoning in the township for a long time, he said.

“This is the sixth year of trying to get this to fly,” Aiken said.

He pointed out there are 27 families living on Route 288 and he does not favor an industrial zone there.

 He thanked the county for its help in planning.

Linda Nitch, Lawrence County Economic Development Corp.’s executive director, said she has advised township officials that wherever they locate the industrial zone, it could open the door for designation in the state’s enterprise zone program, which provides low interest loans and tax credits for new building projects.

“It’s all up to them where they locate it.”

County planning director Amy McKinney said the planning staff has sat in on some meetings in advisory capacity, but the Wayne Township supervisors will make the final decision, in working with the ad hoc committee and consultants. The ad hoc committee is basically creating the ordinance, she said.

The county planning commission will have to review the ordinance before its adoption, McKinney added.

She has told the supervisors they should consider the future of the township and where they locate certain zones, she said.

“For example, you don’t want to put your industrial zone where there are no utilities and no easy access.

“We’re always here to assist any municipality.”

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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