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light pollution and crime as reasons for rejecting the zoning change.
Council President Paul McConnell said he strongly agreed with the borough’s interpretation of the zoning regulations.
“I fully stand behind the zonLng KHDrLng oIfiFHr DnG her interpretation of the zoning laws,” McConnell said. “Looking at this twoand-a-half years later, they should have gone to the zoning hearing board in the firsW SODFH.”
Gary DeMedio, president of the Conshohocken Economic Development Corp. and a board member of the Conshohocken business development committee, said he was “a little surprised by the zoning appeal. It was a bad idea when it went before council. I’m not antiWawa. It is just not right at that site.”
DeMedio said he had heard several different proposals for the former car dealership since Wawa started working on developing it.
“The property never went to market so there are more potential uses than ever before,” DeMedio said. “That includes a mix of retail and residential uses, a senior housing plan and a market or restaurant that is not open 24 Kours D GDy.”
Meredith Montalto, a spokesperson for PPF, said that both council and the planning commission had “recommended that the developer should request a hearing before the Conshohocken Zoning Hearing Board.”
“It’s an application for a hearing for the project,” Montalto said.
The Conshohocken Planning Commission narrowly recommended against the zonLng WHxW DPHnGPHnW -Dn. 22 DIWHr KoOGLng WZo KHDrings. Commission member Brian Tobin and Chairman David Bertram voted against the text amendment, and member Matt Mittman YoWHG Ior LW Ln WKH 2-1 YoWH.
Borough council rejected WKH zonLng FKDngH Ln D 6-1 vote in April. Only CouncilPDn MDWW RyDn YoWHG Ior the text amendment. Most of the residents speaking about the zoning amendment criticized the development proposal and the text amendment. More than 80 rHsLGHnWs DWWHnGHG WKH 90-PLnuWH PHHWLng.
If the zoning hearing board rules against PPF DIWHr WKH DHF. 2 KHDrLng, the development company can appeal the ruling to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.