The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Thursday to pursue a letter of intent on a public/private partnership for a new municipal building.
The vote followed discussion by the board regarding the pros and cons of such a partnership, which would include bringing a sewer system into the township.
According to board Chairman Mark Stevenson, the regional growth boundary ends at Halfmoon Township, meaning the regional sewer system terminates at that point, too.
Halfmoon is serviced by a series of septic systems.
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With the further development of neighboring Patton Township, the option for development into Halfmoon is a possibility, Stevenson said.
During the July 24 Halfmoon supervisors’ meeting, the Centre Regional Planning Commission was asked what type of zoning they would like to see on the eastern end of the township.
According to a commission representative, the township could pursue a mixed-use plan for zoning the area along Sawmill Road.
Should the sewer system become available for redistricting, this zone could become a reality.
With the possibility of a newly developed zone, the notion of constructing a new municipal building seemed natural, Stevenson said, due to several issues the township is having with its existing municipal building.
Pursing development is the right thing to do, said Supervisor Andrew Merritt.
Quoting an Apple slogan, he felt the township needs to “innovate or die.”
The single vote against the letter of intent came from Supervisor Todd Kirsten, who said he would feel terrible changing an area he finds as beautiful as he did 20 years ago.