Dorrance Studies Commercial Agriculture Impacts

In continuation of a dialog within the rural community, Dorrance Township supervisors are reviewing the options and impacts of enacting CAFO regulations.

The most recent discussion occurred at the board’s August 11 municipal meeting. Chair Gary Zane asked for an update on Planning Commission activity and Zoning Officer Alan Snelson reported, “The main agenda item was the CAFO and the revised ordinance for that.

“There was a pretty good discussion among the board members and they also made some pretty good recommendations.” As a follow up, he advised, the planners agreed to a site visit to, “an existing one over in Salem Township. That will be next week.”

The issue, as reported previously, is the consideration of enacting a zoning amendment that would regulate the location of a CAFO, or Concentrated Animal Feed Operation.

Snelson added that plans are in the works to have a representative of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to come and meet with the planning members next month.

Township Solicitor Donald Karpowich has confirmed that this amendment would require a public hearing prior to the supervisor’s vote.

In other zoning business, Snelson advised that he issued two permits in July: one for a fence and one for a commercial timbering operation set on 70 acres out of 200 acres with three owners involved.

Also, an application for a zoning change will be considered by the supervisors in a hearing scheduled for 6 pm the evening of the next meeting, on September 8th. The application from Robert and Bonnie Engler for property at 1757 Stairville Road to be changed from a B-1 community business district to a B-2 highway business district.

A request for a septic waiver from Loretta Dardzinski was addressed by the board. The request was to