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GV Planning Board OKs Dollar General Subdivision

By Colleen Mahoney

The Great Valley Planning Board, at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 11, approved a request from Richard Damico to subdivide his property at 5785 U.S. Route 219. The property, which currently houses a Dollar General store, is about seven acres and Damico would like to separate it into three parcels.

Damico said there would be one parcel in the front and the back parcel would be split in two. At this time, he has no plans to build on the back parcels, but his eventual goal is to build a house on each. The board conducted a State Environmental Quality Review and determined that the subdivision would not have adverse affects on the surrounding environment.

The board approved the subdivision request on the condition that a deeded access driveway to the back two parcels be installed.

The board also heard from Jared Zimbardi of Lake Erie Tobacco who presented plans for the installation of sprinklers, a water tank and pump house on the factory’s property. Due to a recent expansion, the company’s insurance requires the addition.

The water tank being considered was previously used and stands 30 feet tall, Zimbardi said. He said it would hold approximately 250,000 gallons of water, and fire hydrants would be installed for local fire companies. The pumps from the pump house will be backed up by generators, according to the current plan. The project is expected to be commissioned at the end of 2016.

“We have to proceed with the engineer,” Zimbardi said. “There is still a lot of work we have to do. We’ll come back when we have more information.”

The planning board, which took on Zoning Board duties earlier this year, also approved a zoning variance on Highland Avenue. The approval will allow the homeowners at 4025 Highland Ave to expand their house within four feet of the property line. Current code requires a 20-foot setback, but the Highland Avenue property was previously grandfathered in. A letter sent to the board from the neighbor supported the expansion.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Planning Board will be held on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall.

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