Wawa files ap­peal Wo Con­shohocNen coun­cil

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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.

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