Proposed Cumberland apartment complex delayed again

For the second time this summer, the proposed apartment complex, “Residence at Willoughby Run”, must wait another month for a recommendation from the Cumberland Township Planning Commission.

At the commission’s Thursday meeting, Bob Sharrah of KPI, representing the owner, presented updated plans for the 112 rental units slated for the site of the former Gettysburg Country Club at Rt. 30 and Country Club Lane. The site plans for 8 buildings had been revised after questions and comments were made at the Planning Commission meeting in June. For example, the previously required solid wood fence is now replaced with a vegetative buffer.  

Eleven neighbors expressed objections to the project, most citing the increased traffic. One suggested that neighbors could buy back the property that cost owners Trone Rental Company $800,000 in 2020.

The complex borders the Gettysburg National Military Park, and several speakers cited the historic significance of the 14.5 acre property, which lies within the Gettysburg Battlefield Historic District.

Vice-Chairman Steve Tallman explained that the Planning Commission is a recommending body only and that the Board of Supervisors makes the final decision after a public hearing to be scheduled. The Commissioners listened closely to strongly felt testimony and pleaded for understanding of the constraints on the Planning Commission. As Commissioner Barb Underwood said, “We’re your neighbors too but we must follow regulations.”

Mr. Tallman concluded “We’re missing important documentation,” and members agreed to take no action and make no recommendations at this time. The Planning Commission cannot postpone recommendations past their next meeting on Sept. 8, 2022. The Board of Supervisors must take some action by their meeting on Sept 27. Supervisors are legally able to extend that deadline if they think it is necessary.

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