Hearing Dates Set for Conshohocken’s Zoning Hearing Board to Consider Validity of Wawa Ordinance

We just said to someone yesterday that we haven’t had a Wawa article in a while. Well its back!

Three dates have been set for hearings during which members of Conshohocken’s Zoning Hearing Board will consider the validity of the ordinance that amended the uses allowed in the Residential Office Zoning District. Once amended the Wawa proposed for the 1100-1200 eastern block of Fayette Street became a permitted use if the property met certain conditions. The dates for the hearings are October 30th, November 27th and November 29th. All will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Borough Hall at West 4th Avenue and Fayette Street.

The ordinance was passed by Borough Council in November 2017 by a vote of four to three. Here is how it broke down:

Against – Karen Tutino (D, Ward 1)
Against – Ike Griffin (D, Ward 2)
For – Tina Sokolowski (D, Ward 3)
Against – Anita Barton (D, Ward 4)
For – Jane Flanagan (D, Ward 5)
For – Robert Stokley (R, Ward 6)
For – Colleen Leonard (D, Ward 7)

The approved ordinance to amend the zoning district was Provco Pineville’s (the developer) third attempt to get the Wawa approved. In 2013, before a previous Borough Council, a text amendment failed by a vote of 6-1. The developer than went before the Zoning Hearing Board in 2016 and it was voted against unanimously.

The Zoning Hearing Board still consists of the same members who voted unanimously to reject the zoning relief previously sought by the developer.

This challenge to the validity of the ordinance was brought by neighboring property owners.

Below is the notice from the Borough:

The Conshohocken Zoning Hearing Board will convene public hearings on the following dates: Tuesday, October 30, 2018; Tuesday, November 27, 2028 (sic); and Thursday, November 29, 2018. All hearings will begin at 7:00 p.m. prevailing time, and will be held at Conshohocken Borough Hall, 400 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428 in Council Chambers. At these hearings the Board will consider the Petition of Clare M. Dorsey, Kris J. Waller, Lisa Rhodes, and Famira Investments III challenging the validity of Ordinance No. 08-2017 amending the Residential Office Zoning District of the Conshohocken Zoning Ordinance; and requesting that Ordinance 08-2017 be declared void.

Ordinance 08-2017 amends the 2001 Conshohocken Zoning Ordinance as Amended. The Ordinance revises the permitted uses in the Residential Office Zoning District, establishes criteria for permitted uses, and establishes specific dimensional standards for the use of convenience retail food stores, which include fuel sales.

Copies of the ordinance in question, the Petition and supporting documents, are available for examination by the public at Conshohocken Borough Hall, 400 Fayette Street, Suite 200, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Materials may be copied for a nominal fee.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend the hearing. Those requiring special accommodations to attend should contact the Conshohocken Administration Office at 610-828-1092 as soon as possible to make arrangements.

More to come.