East Cocalico Supervisors hear from Fox Brooke team

By on December 12, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Fox Brooke Development, to be located on Route 897 S., was first talked about in 2001-2002. It returned to East Cocalico Supervisors Dec. 5 meeting, with a new Village Overlay concept plan.

A mix of commercial space, townhouses, duplexes and single family homes is proposed. Total residential dwellings in excess of 400 are planned. Also included in the concept plan are alleys with garages in the rear, smaller lot sizes, many front porches, pedestrian walk-ways and benches, a community center with pool, tennis courts and public rest rooms, outdoor socializing areas, street lights and thirty acres of open space.

Developer, John E. Panizza, of the Genterra Corporation, said the facades architecturally will resemble historic areas of downtown Lancaster.

Still in the concept stage, the developer’s team explained many of the waivers sought, including those dealing with reducing setback measurements, placing the planting strip and sidewalk in the front yard with recording of the pedestrian easement, reducing separation distance between the rear of the garage and alley and allowing detached garages to share a common wall. The plan proposes up to six garages in a row at the rear of some properties.

Listing agent, Associate Broker Jeff Peters, ReMax, 500 Delp Road, Lancaster, attended the meeting and did not present any additional information.

The development, similar to others found in nearby Chester County, delivers amenities for which people are looking, such as garages, upscale landscaping yet less total yard work, recreational opportunities, retail stores, and all of these available within walking distance of one’s home.

This type of community can promote a sense of community identification and belonging, information from the developer states.

Other land development news included the supervisor’s approval on Nov. 28 of a one year extension for Stoney Pointe Phase Two Final Plan and Phase One Revised Final Plan. The extension, until Dec. 21, 2013, allows developers time to address the township’s conditions.

Additional business included:

? Mark Heister reported on his attendance, with Matt Stover, at a safety conference for playgrounds. Both Heister and Stover passed the testing to become certified playground inspectors.

? Police Chief, George Beever, reported an unusual daytime theft involving a demo, 2006 Ford pick-up truck at Wanner Ford.

? East Cocalico Police Dept. hosted two other police departments when a vendor demonstrated new software for police and EMS scheduling. "This program is very cost effective compared to our 15-year-old program," said Beever. "It is one item that did not get cut from the proposed 2013 budget."

? Supervisors passed a resolution establishing compensation for the elected tax collector. The tax collector will collect $2.45 per tax bill for the discount period and face amounts and $4 per tax bill for the penalty amount. Hydrant tax remuneration is $1.10 per bill for the discount period and face amounts and $3.15 per bill for the penalty amount. Street light taxes are $1.90 per bill remuneration for the discount period and face amounts and $3.15 per bill for the penalty amount. Compensation for collection of local services taxes is five percent. Compensation for each tax certification provided is $25. More EAST COCALICO, page A11

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