The zoning board gives the green light for age-restricted apartments to develop a horse riding club

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The West Cornwall Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a special exception Monday for 120 age-restricted apartments at the site of the former Quentin Riding Club at the intersection of state Routes 72 and 419.

Quentin Associates LLC applied for the special exception because age-restricted multifamily residential housing is only a permitted use in the township’s mixed-use overlay district with approval from the Zoning Hearing Board.

The overlay district was created as part of the town’s new zoning ordinance adopted in September 2022.

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The petition for the special exception is the first of its kind for the new district and new zoning law, Kim Giuliana, a member of the town’s Planning Commission, said Tuesday.

The Zoning Hearing Committee will consider another petition for a special exception on Monday, Sept. 18, in order to also build a Wawa convenience store and gas station on the site of the former Quentin Riding Club. This hearing is scheduled for 6:30pm at the Quentin Fire Hall.

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On 14.49 acres of the 46.3-acre site, the proposed residential complex would include four buildings, each with 30 apartments, interconnecting sidewalks and walking trails, as well as a clubhouse. The site plan also includes 251 parking spaces, some of which are garage spaces, according to documents submitted by the developer.

Residents who attended the hearing expressed concerns about the impacts of the proposed development on traffic and stormwater, Town Supervisor Dennis Tully said in a phone interview Tuesday.

A traffic study examining impacts on development of the entire parcel is being reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Township Engineer Jeff Steckbeck explained in a phone interview Tuesday.

With the Zoning Hearing Board’s approval for the special exception, the next step for the developer is to prepare a conditional use application for consideration by township supervisors, Steckbeck said.

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