Summerbrooke residents want trees restored

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Ten weeks after a Majestic Hills developer tore down a row of trees by the adjoining Summerbrooke plan, it is still unclear which North Strabane Township housing development is responsible for restoring the buffer between the two.


Several residents of Summerbrooke expressed concern over the delayed project at a North Strabane Township supervisors’ meeting Tuesday night.


“It’s just heavy machinery pushing around dirt, and dust builds without the 50-foot buffer that we thought would be there,” Tracy Platt said of the view from her property at 522 Blossom Way.


Jon Lind, also frustrated by the lack of action, said, “I just thought the township might intervene a little bit more.”


Township ordinance requires there to be a 15-foot buffer on the Majestic Hills side and an additional 50-foot buffer on the Summerbrooke side. A planted buffer must be restored on at least 35 feet of the Summerbrooke side, but the rest of the area can remain open space.


The board has not yet determined which party is responsible for planting the 35-foot buffer of trees.


Township solicitor James Jeffries said that decision could be a potential liability for the township. Instead, he advised the injured parties to file a declaratory judgment action in Washington County Court and have a judge make the determination.


Several supervisors later expressed doubt that a court proceeding would be the best course of action. Township engineer Joe Sites said he is discussing the matter with both housing developers and residents, and the process is moving along.


The township also discussed rezoning 4.09 acres on Burkett Lane for the potential construction of apartments.


Also under consideration is the development of Greenwood Village, a proposed residential development with 233 multi-family units on 62.4 acres off Greenwood and Victoria drives.


Terry Bove of Bove Development Corp., which is developing the residential plan, proposed a second access to the development through Crawford Street.


He also said the heavy traffic on Weavertown Road could be reduced by adding a turning lane at a projected cost of $225,000 to $250,000, which would be installed by the state Department of Transportation. Bove is offering to provide $75,000 for the project.


Later in the meeting, a Range Resources representative said the corporation hopes to drill a well in North Strabane Township by the end of the year.


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