The rezoning proposal for the former Hilltop Mobile Home Park remains an unresolved issue for College Township officials.
Township Council discussed topics related to a June 26 public meeting regarding the Hilltop site Thursday during a regular meeting.
Comments from the public were invited and a map of the proposed zones was provided.
Council Chairman Eric Bernier made it clear at the beginning of the discussion that he would not be opposed to having another workshop meeting with the council as long as the agenda was advertised.
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Residents and council members raised concerns over topics such as increased traffic flow through the site, the proper size of buffer zones between R1 residential areas and the proposed gateway commercial zones.
Residents were concerned that an increase in commercial activity would lead to greater traffic along Squirrel Drive. Some suggested that a closure of Squirrel may be in order.
“Any discussion of closing Squirrel Drive is premature,” township Manager Adam Brumbaugh said. “We are so far away from that. It’s not something that’s being actively pursued.”
Discussion of buffer zones between residential and commercial areas, and even the Thompson Woods Preserve, brought questions about the proper amount of distance needed and whether these zones should be open fields or vegetated areas.
The amount of student housing allowed also was a point raised. Although student housing may be limited, according to comments made by township solicitors relayed by township engineer Kent Baker, student housing cannot be outright prohibited.
The council will hold a special advertised meeting with the sole purpose of discussing the Hilltop area. The meeting will likely be the week of July 28, Brumbaugh said. This gives council time for further discussion before the proposal goes to the Planning Commission on Aug. 5.
In the meantime, council passed a motion to hold a public hearing regarding changes to the Hilltop area gateway rezoning ordinance and map on Sept. 4.