Friday, 02 June 2017 00:00

Zoning Hearing re: Buck Hill Falls Water Company

(This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com)

[Update 4/12/18]
At the Supervisor's Meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, it was announced that the appeal was decided in favor of the supervisors.  Stay tuned for further updates.  

[Update 9/13/17]
At the Supervisor's Meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, it was announced that the supervisors have appealed the zoning board's decision.  Stay tuned for further updates.  

On July 31st the Barrett Zoning Board decided at their hearing that Buck Hill’s appeal to be able to sell their water is upheld. The ruling by Barrett’s Zoning Officer to not allow the sale was overturned. This decision was based on legal rationale and case law which support state Public Utility Commission regulations superseding local ordinances. The vote was 2 to 1, with Richard Price and Ralph Fish voting for the appeal to stand and Jill Shoesmith voting against.

The next step in the process will require Buck Hill Water Company to submit a development plan to both the Monroe County Planning Commission and to Barrett for review in meeting Barrett’s Subdivision Land Development ordinances. However, it is unclear if any disapprovals would be legal given the rationale for the decision described above.

After the Monroe County Planning Commission and Barrett receive the development plans, they have 30 days to review. The review process could take longer given extensions in time given to address concerns. And the date of submission of a development plan from Buck Hill Water Company is not known. Given this, the approval process could take months or even years.

In attendance at the meeting were Barrett’s Zoning Commission members listed above, Supervisor Bill Pipolo, Sewage Enforcement Officer Jeryl Rinehart, candidate for Supervisor Patti O’Keefe, a representative of Brodhead Watershed Association, and about 20 residents.

- Ethel Huff
Canadensis, PA


Comment from Local Realtor

"I (was unable to) attend but my opinion is that this is not a good idea for our area for so many reasons especially traffic and roads.

There is only so much water. In our experience we have seen many wells run dry and we cannot take a chance for our homeowners."


 

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