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Ferguson Township receives rezoning request for Harner Farm

On Monday night, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors was presented with a rezoning request from Aspen Whitehall Partners LLC to acquire the 71.9 of Harner Farms’ 102 acres that are for sale.
On Monday night, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors was presented with a rezoning request from Aspen Whitehall Partners LLC to acquire the 71.9 of Harner Farms’ 102 acres that are for sale. Centre Daily Times, file

Harner Farm announced last June that it planned to downsize.

On Monday night, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors was presented with a rezoning request from Aspen Whitehall Partners LLC, which was submitted May 10 to the Planning and Zoning Office.

Aspen Whitehall Partners represents a development company that’s interested in acquiring the 71.9 of Harner’s 102 acres that are for sale.

The zoning designation of those almost 72 acres is Rural Agricultural and Corridor Overlay.

Harner Farm is located along West College Avenue and is bisected by West Whitehall Road.

The land is currently being used for farm-related and orchard uses, said Ray Stolinas, township planning and zoning director.

Aspen is requesting that the zoning be changed to a mix of 44.6 acres of commercial, 22.5 acres of single-family residential and 4.3 acres of two-family residential.

The proposed commercial zone would be along West College Avenue on both sides of Whitehall Road, with the single-family residential meeting it and extending to the back of the property. The two-family residential zone would be located in the back corner of the property near Bristol Avenue.

Board Chairman Steve Miller clarified that no subdivision plan was submitted and that this just starts a process of discussion.

The Board of Supervisors approved referring the rezoning application to the Ferguson Township Planning Commission for further recommendation.

The property is within the Centre Region’s Regional Growth Boundary and Sewer Service Area.

Harner Farm has been around since 1945, and it will continue to operate on its remaining 30 acres.

“It’s just getting more and more difficult to do the kind of farming that we do here,” owner Dan Harner told the CDT last year. “It’s essentially a downsizing operation — we’re going to tighten everything up.”

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