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Some York Co. residents concerned over rezoning proposal


This image from Google Maps shows the location of the proposed rezoning in Manchester Township, York County.

(Harrisburg) — Neighbors in one midstate community are voicing their concerns over a proposal to rezone a parcel of land so it can be used for warehouse facilities or other industrial purposes.

A public hearing on the matter is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Manchester Township Municipal Complex, 3200 Farmtrail Road.

A businessman has a contract to buy the property at 750 Farmbrook Lane in Manchester Township, York County, but will only go through with the sale if it can be rezoned for industrial use.

Currently, the 50-acre plot is farm land and borders three residential developments.

Christine Reichart lives half a mile from it, and said she’s been losing sleep over the potential sale.

“My husband and I are very concerned,” she said. “We’ve lived here for 20 years, we’d like to retire in the area. We don’t know if that will lower our home value. We anticipate it to lower our home value.”

Reichart is also worried the decision will set a precedent that could spark a chain reaction of industrial development.

Her husband John Reichart said if the township approves the rezoning, it will look like it favors industry moving into the area over families. 

“That’s a short-sighted way to build a good community,” he said. “Low taxes with a community that’s an eyesore is not one I want to live in long-term.” 

Manchester Township has been earmarked as an area of future growth for York County.

The York County Planning Commission recommended the township not adopt the rezoning proposal.

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