New Sheetz appeals Antrim stipulations

— By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Sheetz at Antrim Commons obtained a variance to an open space requirement after appearing before the Antrim Township Zoning Hearing Board on Sept. 13. It also had appealed sidewalk requirements, as noted by township staff on its land development plan.

The board was represented by president Ronald Cordell, Warren Eichelberger, Phil Oberholzer and Gary Eberly. Rodney Zeger was absent. On hand for Antrim Township were zoning officer Sylvia House and solicitor John Lisko.

Sheetz was served by solicitor Ronald Lucas from Stevens & Lee in Harrisburg, David Trostle from Frederick, Seibert and Associates, and others.

Sheetz did not want to install sidewalks, and had a problem meeting open space requirements because of the size of its parking lot. It sought a variance for that, and was willing to drop its appeal on sidewalks.

After discussion, and an examination of the plans, the board voted 3-1 to grant the variance. Eichelberger was against the concession. Some of the setback areas will now be for parking.

“Sheetz will still meet the maximum impervious area requirements, and have plenty of open space, just not all in the same spot,” said House. “That’s why staff was not opposed to a variance. They will also have trees and shrubs.”

Sheetz will also put sidewalks along U.S. 11 if approved by PennDOT, and along a section of Antrim Commons Drive.

No start date on construction has been announced.